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Middle-Class Offenders as Employees-Assessing the Risk: A 35-Year Follow-Up

NCJ Number
Journal of Offender Rehabilitation Volume: 52 Issue: 5-8 Dated: December 2013 Pages: 407-420
Keith Soothill; Les Humphreys; Brian Francis
Date Published
December 2013
14 pages
This study focuses on middle-class persons committing crime.
A 35-year follow-up of a series of 317 middle-class offenders in England and Wales suggests that the dangers of employing offenders may be more limited than expected. Although 40 percent were subsequently convicted, only 8 percent were subsequently convicted of offenses that directly and adversely affected an employer. This work should challenge the "exaggerated fears" of employers. Interestingly, variables which normally predict subsequent criminal activity made no impact in trying to predict offenses against an employer. Abstract published by arrangement with Taylor and Francis.