Criminals' Explanations of Their Criminal Behavior, Part I: The Contribution of Criminologic Variables

    Volume 37, Issue 5 (September 1992)

    ISSN: 0022-1198

    CODEN: JFSOAD

    Page Count: 7


    Harry, B
    Associate Professor of Psychiatry, University of Missouri—Columbia Health Sciences Center, Columbia, MO

    (Received 6 December 1991; accepted 22 January 1992)

    Abstract

    The author reviewed the literature concerning criminals' explanations of their crimes and then studied the explanations given by 100 incarcerated men. He found no significant associations between juvenile or adult arrest histories, alias use, age at time of the crime, trial plea, sentence length, duration of incarceration, and explanation types used. Only murderers significantly used a specific explanation type. These observations suggest that explanations are largely independent of traditional criminological attributes; that prolonged confinement to prison does not result in offenders admitting to their crimes; and, that killers have an especially difficult time accepting responsibility for taking the life of another human being.


    Paper ID: JFS13320J

    DOI: 10.1520/JFS13320J

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    Title Criminals' Explanations of Their Criminal Behavior, Part I: The Contribution of Criminologic Variables
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