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Young Criminal Lives: Life Courses and Life Chances from 1850

Barry Godfrey, Pamela Cox, Heather Shore, and Zoe Alker


Young Criminal Lives is the first cradle-to-grave study of the experiences of some of the thousands of delinquent, ‘difficult’, and destitute children passing through the early English juvenile industrial school and reformatory system. Applying biographical research methodologies to digital data, we have reconstructed the lives, families, and neighbourhoods of 500 children who were sent to reformatory and industrial schools in the north-west of England from courts around the UK over a fifty-year period from the 1860s onwards. For the first time, we have been able to follow these children on th ... More

Keywords: desistance, offending, onset, persistence, poverty life chances, life course

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2017 Print ISBN-13: 9780198788492
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: December 2017 DOI:10.1093/oso/9780198788492.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Barry Godfrey, author
University of Liverpool

Pamela Cox, author
University of Essex

Heather Shore, author
Leeds Beckett University