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View Resource Correlates of Desistance

Research has shown that marital status and employment are correlates of desistance. That is, adolescents involved with crime were more likely to discontinue offending in adulthood if they were married and had a good job. Most of what criminologists know about the process of desistance from crime is based on a sample of adult males in the 1950's. There is no question that life in America has...

View Resource The Social Structures of the Cities

This activity, created by Jim Wright of the University of Central Florida, provides a look at the urban structure of cities through the eyes of statistics. Objectives of this first data exercise are: to discover how the present-day United States population is distributed across these various census categories; to discover how the distribution has changed over time; and, to see how some of the...

View Resource Social Structure, Race/Ethnicity, and Homocide

As discussed, the murder rates for Blacks in the United States are substantially higher than those for Whites, with Latino murder rates falling in the middle. These differences have existed throughout the 20th and into the 21st century and, with few exceptions, are found in different sections of the United States. Although biological and genetic explanations for racial differences in crime rates,...

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