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Imprisonment and co-offending: result from a 10-year follow-up study
Stockholm University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Criminology.
2016 (English)In: Journal of Scandinavian Studies in Criminology and Crime Prevention, ISSN 1404-3858, E-ISSN 1651-2340, Vol. 17, no 2, 203-219 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

A recurring question in criminological research is whether prisoners meet new accomplices in prison. Thise article’s objective is to study co-offending among individuals who have served prison sentences in Sweden ten years subsequent to their release. The frequency of co-offending among individuals who have spent been in the same prison at the same time time together in the same prison will be examined. If gender, age, type of prison, offence type and prior experience of co-offending are significant for this type of co-offending will also be examined. The study population comprised all inmates released from a Swedish prison during a half year in 2001-2002 (n=3,930). The follow-ing up period is 10 years. The results show that only three percent of those who have been in the same prison at the same timehad spent time in prison together are suspected of committing offences together subsequent to release. TA logistic regression show that the likelihood of being suspected of committing an offence together following the conclusion of a joint stay in the same prison is higher for those released from a closed prison who are aged 31-40, and who had committed  large proportion of their offences together with others prior to the relevant prison sentence.type of prison, prior experience of co-offending and age are of significance in the context. The results suggest that the concept of criminal capital is not important for future co-offending after a joint stay in prison.

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2016. Vol. 17, no 2, 203-219 p.
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Co-offending, prison, imprisonment, recividism, criminal capital, Sweden
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URN: urn:nbn:se:su:diva-137811DOI: 10.1080/14043858.2016.1260327OAI: oai:DiVA.org:su-137811DiVA: diva2:1064062
Available from: 2017-01-11 Created: 2017-01-11 Last updated: 2017-01-23Bibliographically approved

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