This book is the winner of Choice Magazine Outstanding Academic Title, the Distinguished Book Award from the American Society of Criminology, the Academy of Criminal Justice Sciences, and the Crime, Law, and Deviance Section of the American Sociological Association. This book analyses newly collected data on crime and social development up to age 70 for 500 men who were remanded to reform school in the 1940s. Born in Boston in the late 1920s and early 1930s, these men were the subjects of the classic study Unraveling Juvenile Delinquency by Sheldon and Eleanor Glueck (1950). Updating their lives at the close of the 20th Century, and connecting their adult experiences to childhood, this book is arguably the longest longitudinal study of age, crime, and the life course to date.
John H. Laub is Professor of Criminology, University of Maryland. Robert J. Sampson is Professor of Sociology at Harvard University.
* Acknowledgments *1. Diverging Pathways of Troubled Boys *2. Persistence or Desistance? *3. Explaining the Life Course of Crime *4. Finding the Men *5. Long-Term Trajectories of Crime *6. Why Some Offenders Stop *7. Why Some Offenders Persist *8. Zigzag Criminal Careers *9. Modeling Change in Crime *10. Rethinking Lives in and out of Crime * Notes * References * Index