Does crime run in families? Your Clearwater Criminal Defense Attorney has observed plenty of anecdotal evidence that it does. Fresh family members supply the criminal justice system with new faces just as the older generation hits career criminal status. Some families are to crime as the Kennedy family is to politics, made for it. But is it true and if it is, why?
|Degas, A Crime Family?, 1860|
Here’s some scientific research from that magazine Criminal Justice and Behavior hidden among the clutter at your dentist’s office (odd your dentist reading this stuff, perhaps he has some hidden past). The article by imminent Florida State Professor Kevin Beaver is called The Familiar Concentration and Transmission of Crime, here’s a short abstract, if you’re too afraid to steal it because of your family’s low crime connections:
Research has revealed that crime tends to concentrate in families and that it also tends to be transmitted across generational lines. The current study expanded on this line of research by examining the familial concentration and transmission of crime in a sample of sibling pairs. Analysis of data drawn from the National Longitudinal Study of Adolescent Health (Add Health) revealed that 5% of all families accounted for more than 50% of all criminal arrests. Additional analyses revealed between-sibling similarity and intergenerational transmission in being arrested, being sentenced to probation, being incarcerated, and being arrested multiple times. Structural equation models (SEMs) were also estimated to examine the mechanisms that might account for the familial concentration and transmission of crime. These SEMs provided evidence indicating that the concentration and transmission of crime was due, in part, to genetic factors as well as mating patterns.