The Routledge International Handbook of Life-Course Criminology

Print publication date:  March  2017
Online publication date:  March  2017

Print ISBN: 9781138813663
eBook ISBN: 9781315747996

10.4324/9781315747996.ch20

Abstract

Research on criminal careers of female offenders has grown substantially over the past decade. We now have considerable evidence that the number of different offender groups and the patterns of their trajectories (low, medium, and high rate offenders) are similar for males and females although women are less often high rate offenders (see e.g. Piquero et al., 2005; Block et al., 2010; Jennings et al., 2010). We also know that women are much more likely than men to have a late onset of offending (Block et al., 2010; Eggleston & Laub, 2002; Simpson et al., 2008; Van Os & Blokland, 2012).