Essay Study of Older Offenders

1464 Words Nov 5th, 2015 6 Pages
Crime statistics and victimization reports show that the majority of crime is committed by the younger generation (Rothman, Dunlop, Burton D & Entzel, 2004), with the peak ages for crime sentencing being 21-27 (Blowers & Doerner, 2015). Older people classified from ages 50 onwards are reported to have committed the least amount of crimes compared to all other age categories, accounting for less than 5% of crimes committed (Criminal justice statistics, 2015). While statistic wise older people fill a very small proportion of committed crimes, there is in fact significant importance in studying older offenders. In this day and age it is mandatory in the majority of countries that older prisoners are provided the same medical care as free …show more content…
Therefore, the question being raised is why does such a trend exist and remain stable? Are there structural problems within society, which as a result influences the elder to turn to alcohol abuse? If such issues are resolved through further research of older offenders, could this trend be altered? Research conducted in 2004 by Rothman et al, argues that from a certain age, usually 55 onwards, it is common that certain people can begin to feel disengagement from mainstream society, stress, strain from aging, social isolation and suffering from bereavement due to family and friends beginning to pass (Rothman, Dunlop, Burton D & Entzel, 2004). Studies conducted by Shichor and Kobrin in 1978, drew the same conclusions, and both studies concluded that such patterns of feeling and personal emotion can cause the turning to alcoholism, which can ultimately cause irrational behaviours in older people leading to committing of crime (Shichor & Kobrin, 1978). These research findings signify the importance in studying older offenders. By researching this elderly crime trend and being able to link alcohol consumption with the committing of crime, signifies that there is a certain issue within elderly society, which has not been cared for or attended to adequately (Wahidin & Cain, 2006). Such research findings can

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