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p. 243. Who commits crime?locked

  • Tim Newburn

Abstract

‘Who commits crime?’ explains that most of us break the law at some point in our lives, albeit with fairly minor offences. Data from the criminal justice system and self-reporting show that men commit more crimes than women, and most offending is committed by the young. Some minority ethnic groups appear to have higher offending rates than others, though it seems likely that some combination of socio-economic inequality and the way in which the criminal justice and penal systems work holds the key to explaining much of the difference. The crimes committed by the wealthy and those of higher social status as well as of corporations are also considered.

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