SOC229 Lecture Notes - Lecture 6: Foster Care

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Thursday, January 21, 2016
Lecture 6
Bank Robbery: Sample and Research Methods and Defining Robbery
Scope of study
Depth of interviews (3 hours in length)
Penitentiaries across Canada
8 years to complete
Sample
N=80 (in addition to follow-ups)
All male, 31 years of age, first time 24-year-old
Lengthy criminal records (criminogenic history – factors In life that lead to crime i.e.
alcohol)
12% addicts; 2/3 recreational users (marijuana)
Foster care, institutionalized at early age
Breakdown by offence
7/3 had serious criminal records
45 previously convicted of bank robbery
20/80 convenience stores and the like
Other offence type: breaking and entering, Car theft, assault, trafficking/possession,
fraud, escape parole violation, kidnapping, murder, attempted and manslaughter
Majority on 3rd and 4th penitentiary terms
Breakdown by sentence
Recidivists
51/80 before courts on criminal charges
9.37 years
Rate of conviction
N: 77 (3 charged under juvenile Delinquency Act)
On average 6 robbery convictions
Classified as violent offender, housed in MAX
Not convicted off all offences
- Average works out to 17 -18 robberies (50,80,300)
Sample Typology
According to MO and non- random (he wanted them to be from all types of crimes)
N= 31 Note-pusher (beggar bandits) 85-90% of bank robbers
N = 35 crew (3-4 individuals)
N = 14 solo gunman
10 committed armored vehicles robberies
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