Differences Between Convicted Violent Offenders: Completed and Attempted Homicides, and Serious Assault

Paul R. Smit, Ministry of Justice, Netherlands
Rolf Loeber, University of Pittsburgh
Catrien C.J.H. Bijleveld, NSCR Inst. for the Study of Criminality
Paul Nieuwbeerta, NSCR Netherlands Institute for the Study

Starting from the 1998 Dutch homicide database (Smit et al., 2001), we study differences between offenders who have been convicted for homicide, attempted homicide or serious assault. We contrast these three groups regarding their demographic characteristics and criminal career. So far, those who have been convicted for attempted homicide appear to have the most active and serious criminal career. We expand on explanations for our findings, as well as a number of questions the findings raise.

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