Offense Characteristics of Career Criminals with Severe Mental Disorders

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This article examined the offense characteristics between mentally disordered and non-mentally disordered inmates within two distinct subgroups of high rate offenders: “repeat” and “recidivist” offenders. The results indicated that the mentally disordered recidivists were charged more with minor crimes than the non-mentally disordered recidivists. This finding, coupled with the social differences found among non-serious repeat offenders, suggests that career criminals are not as homogenous-as a group than is generally assumed in the literature.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)143-151
Number of pages9
JournalInternational Journal of Offender Therapy and Comparative Criminology
Issue number2
StatePublished - 1988

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Pathology and Forensic Medicine
  • Applied Psychology
  • Arts and Humanities (miscellaneous)


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