Comparing criminal careers of organized crime offenders and general offenders

M. Vere van Koppen, Christianne J. de Poot, Arjan A.J. Blokland

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Abstract

Organized crime differs substantially from high-volume crime, at least theoretically. But do offenders differ as well? This study makes an extensive comparison between offenders who engage in organized crime at a particular moment in their lives and general offenders, based on various dimensions of their criminal careers. Many organized crime offenders do not have judicial contacts before adulthood. Surprisingly, this turns out to be the case for the comparison group as well. However, organized crime offenders do more often have previous judicial contacts, and those previous contacts are also far more serious. These general findings are robust; they also hold when the comparisons are restricted to organized crime offenders and general offenders who have engaged in drug crimes and fraud cases.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)356-374
Number of pages19
JournalEuropean Journal of Criminology
Volume7
Issue number5
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2010

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