Enduring Risk? Old Criminal Records and Predictions of Future Criminal Involvement

There is little to no difference in propensity to commit a crime between people with and without criminal justice involvement, particularly as they age. By following a cohort of 670 males born in 1942 in Wisconsin until age 32, this study supports the assertion that people 'age out' of 'criminal' behavior, calling into question the practice of using criminal records as a determining factor in employment and occupational licensing.


Kurlychek, M. C., Brame, R., & Bushway, S. D. (2007). Enduring Risk? Old Criminal Records and Predictions of Future Criminal Involvement. Crime & Delinquency, 53(1), 64–83. https://doi.org/10.1177/0011128706294439

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Open Access Source: https://booksc.org/book/38236394/dc8207

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