Criminal trajectories in organized crime

M. Vere Van Koppen, Christianne J. De Poot, Edward R. Kleemans, Paul Nieuwbeerta

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This paper investigates criminal trajectories of individuals who are involved in organized crime. A semiparametric group-model is used to cluster 854 individuals into groups with similar developmental trajectories. The most important findings of the study relate to the substantial group of adult-onset offenders (40 per cent) and a group without any previous criminal records (19 per cent), next to a group of early starters (11 per cent) and a group of persisters (30 per cent). Up to date, no trajectory study has discovered such a vast share of adult-onset offenders. Furthermore, the findings turn out to be quite robust, if trajectory analyses are applied to different kinds of criminal activities and to different roles in criminal groups.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)102-123
Number of pages22
JournalBritish Journal of Criminology
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - Jan 2010


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