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Table 2

Criminal Career Characteristics by Different Types of Offender

variablecharacteristicnumber of womenversatile offenders (%)public order offenders (%)theft offenders (%)violent offenders (%)other offenders (%)
All offenders 6,036 22.8 52.7 14.2 6.1 4.3 
Number of convictionsa 1 conviction 2,572 58 21.8 11.4 8.8 
2–5 convictions 2,256 31.5 52.4 11.5 3.2 1.4 
6–9 convictions 623 49.6 45.7 4.3 0.2 0.2 
10 or more convictions 585 61 37.4 1.5 
Length of criminal careerb 3 years 4,360 11.6 55.8 18.6 8.1 5.8 
3–10 years 962 45.7 49.9 3.1 0.2 
10 years 714 60.2 36.8 2.1 0.4 0.4 
Age of onset of offendingc =18 years 589 23.1 59.1 14.6 1.2 
19–30 years 2,395 25.8 49.2 15.7 5.2 
30 years 3,010 20.4 54.1 13 7.7 4.9 
Location of offendingd Urban 4,249 23.3 52.4 14.1 6.5 3.7 
Regional 1,504 17 54.4 16 5.9 6.7 
Both 272 47.8 46 6.3 
Level of courte Summary court 5,063 20.3 62.6 9.8 2.3 
Higher court 602 6.1 52.8 17.6 23.4 
Both 359 86.4 11.7 1.7 0.3 
Number of prison infractionsf 0 prison infractions 4,357 17.7 54.7 15.1 7.5 
1–3 prison infractions 1,314 31.5 50.5 12.7 2.5 2.8 
4 or more prison infractions 365 52.6 35.9 8.8 2.2 0.5 
Number of aliasesg No aliases 4,301 13.2 56 17.1 8.2 5.4 
1 alias 982 39.9 47.1 10.1 0.9 1.9 
2–3 aliases 578 53.3 42.7 3.3 0.5 0.2 
4 or more aliases 175 62.3 34.9 2.9 
variablecharacteristicnumber of womenversatile offenders (%)public order offenders (%)theft offenders (%)violent offenders (%)other offenders (%)
All offenders 6,036 22.8 52.7 14.2 6.1 4.3 
Number of convictionsa 1 conviction 2,572 58 21.8 11.4 8.8 
2–5 convictions 2,256 31.5 52.4 11.5 3.2 1.4 
6–9 convictions 623 49.6 45.7 4.3 0.2 0.2 
10 or more convictions 585 61 37.4 1.5 
Length of criminal careerb 3 years 4,360 11.6 55.8 18.6 8.1 5.8 
3–10 years 962 45.7 49.9 3.1 0.2 
10 years 714 60.2 36.8 2.1 0.4 0.4 
Age of onset of offendingc =18 years 589 23.1 59.1 14.6 1.2 
19–30 years 2,395 25.8 49.2 15.7 5.2 
30 years 3,010 20.4 54.1 13 7.7 4.9 
Location of offendingd Urban 4,249 23.3 52.4 14.1 6.5 3.7 
Regional 1,504 17 54.4 16 5.9 6.7 
Both 272 47.8 46 6.3 
Level of courte Summary court 5,063 20.3 62.6 9.8 2.3 
Higher court 602 6.1 52.8 17.6 23.4 
Both 359 86.4 11.7 1.7 0.3 
Number of prison infractionsf 0 prison infractions 4,357 17.7 54.7 15.1 7.5 
1–3 prison infractions 1,314 31.5 50.5 12.7 2.5 2.8 
4 or more prison infractions 365 52.6 35.9 8.8 2.2 0.5 
Number of aliasesg No aliases 4,301 13.2 56 17.1 8.2 5.4 
1 alias 982 39.9 47.1 10.1 0.9 1.9 
2–3 aliases 578 53.3 42.7 3.3 0.5 0.2 
4 or more aliases 175 62.3 34.9 2.9 
a

χ2 (12) = 1942.7, p .001.

b

χ2 (8) = 1354.6, p .001.

c

χ2 (8) = 84.6, p .001.

d

χ2 (8) = 169.3, p .001.

e

χ2 (8) = 2754.4, p .001.

f

χ2 (12) = 347.3, p .001.

g

χ2 (12) = 968.2, p .001.

note 0 cells have an expected count less than 5. The “all offenders” variable includes every offender for whom conviction histories are known.

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