The role of planned interventions in studying the desistance of criminal behavior in a longitudinal study

by Peter W. Greenwood

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This paper was prepared for a working group from the National Institute of Justice and the MacArthur Foundation concerned with the continuation and desistance of criminal careers; it deals with the role of planned experimental interventions designed to reduce future criminality in the context of a longitudinal study. The author reviews recent evidence on the effectiveness of rehabilitation interventions, discusses the potential benefits and problems that a combined longitudinal/intervention study might produce, and describes an experimental intervention that the author believes offers the highest probability of producing positive results.

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