Criminal history and social disadvantage as predictors of the severity of violent offending

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Suonpää , K , Kivivuori , J & Aaltonen , M 2018 , ' Criminal history and social disadvantage as predictors of the severity of violent offending ' , International Journal of Comparative and Applied Criminal Justice , vol. 42 , no. 2-3 , pp. 139-155 . https://doi.org/10.1080/01924036.2016.1270843

Titel: Criminal history and social disadvantage as predictors of the severity of violent offending
Författare: Suonpää, Karoliina; Kivivuori, Janne; Aaltonen, Mikko
Medarbetare: University of Helsinki, Department of Social Research (2010-2017)
University of Helsinki, Department of Social Research (2010-2017)
University of Helsinki, Department of Social Research (2010-2017)
Datum: 2018
Språk: eng
Sidantal: 17
Tillhör serie: International Journal of Comparative and Applied Criminal Justice
ISSN: 0192-4036
Permanenta länken (URI): http://hdl.handle.net/10138/324658
Abstrakt: Lethal violence is often seen as the tip of the iceberg and homicide perpetrators are seen as manifesting the most extreme number of various risk factors. This article explores whether that is the case. Using a unique data set combining data from several administrative registers with a nationally representative sample of different types of police-reported violence committed during 2010–2011 (N = 26,303 offenders) in Finland, we compare the offenders of five different types of violence (minor assault, assault, aggravated assault, attempted homicide, and completed homicide). In addition, we examine the association between the severity of violence and prior criminal history and different types of strain. The results give partial support to the hypothesis: the more serious the violence, the more crime prone and socially disadvantaged the offender. Yet, lethal offenders do not stand out alone; the division, rather, appears to be between offenders of serious (aggravated assault, attempted homicide, completed homicide) and less serious (minor assault, assault) forms of violence.
Subject: 5141 Sociology
513 Law
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