Serious offences against persons perpetrated by juveniles raise fundamental questions about the background, causes, and prevention of future crime. The current study addresses the potential of future crime of juvenile homicide offenders (JHOs) who were involved with murder and manslaughter in The Netherlands during the period 1992 – 2007. In contrast to merely descriptive former research on recidivism of this offender group, it provides an explanation of why some of these juveniles turn back to crime, while others do not. To this end, relations are investigated between recidivism behaviour and risk factors. Results indicate that particular male JHOs, and JHOs who maintain relationships with delinquents, run a greater risk to reoffend
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