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Criminologists have theorized that a direct relationship exists between the association with criminal peers and the development of criminogenic thinking. The present study empirically explored the relationship between criminal associates and criminogenic thinking in adult male inmates in the United States. Hierarchal linear regression analyses demonstrated that the proportion of free time spent with criminal associates statistically predicted criminogenic thinking when controlling for demographic variables.
The implications of these findings on correctional practice including assessment and intervention as well as future research are discussed. Keywords criminal associates, criminogenic thinking, incarcerated offenders, criminal risk Criminal recidivism rates are alarmingly high: In one of the most comprehensive recidivism studies ever conducted, Durose, Cooper, and Snyder found that of 1The University of Southern Mississippi, Hattiesburg, USA 2MissouriWestern State University, St.
Email: jmandracchia missouriwestern. These statistics indicate that many individuals within the criminal justice system are repeat offenders and illustrate the difficulty the correctional system appears to have with correcting the criminal proclivities of first-time offenders. Researchers have conceptualized these predictors, or risk factors, for recidivism in two categories: static i. Dynamic risk factors, also referred to as crimi- nogenic needs, are essential targets for rehabilitative treatment programs aimed at preventing recidivism because they can be altered Andrews et al.
In a meta-analysis of studies, Gendreau and colleagues examined both static and dynamic risk factors to determine the best predictors of recidivism. Interestingly, they found that adult criminal history, the static domain with the largest mean effect size, was as equally predictive of recidivism as the combined dynamic domains of antisocial personality including psychopathy , criminal companions, and criminogenic thinking defined below. In an earlier meta-analysis, Gendreau, Goggin, Chanteloupe, and Andrews found that antisocial attitudes and companions were stronger predictors of criminal behavior than social class, personal distress or mental health variables, education or vocation, family or parental variables, and tem- perament or personality.
Collectively, the results of these meta-analyses reinforce efforts to include dynamic risk factors, particularly criminogenic thinking and crimi- nal associates, as essential targets of treatment given that they are mutable and as or more predictive of reoffending than static risk factors. From their interviews with hundreds of incarcerated men, they identified 52 thinking errors that characterize the criminal personality e. The methodology and findings of their work were later criticized by other researchers due to a lack of generalizability e.
However, their efforts served to initiate further research into the impact of thought processes in the criminal lifestyle.
He identified eight primary cognitive styles that he believed reflected the content and process of criminological thought. Mandracchia, Morgan, Garos, and Garland broadened the conceptualization of criminogenic thinking by including thinking errors that are associated with both crimi- nal and other maladaptive behaviors. Specifically, Mandracchia et al.
After empirically exploring the more generalized conceptualization, Mandracchia and colleagues identified three primary characteristics of criminogenic think- ing, including control i. Along with criminogenic thinking, criminal associates are an influential dynamic risk factor for crime. Therefore, it is of little surprise that many criminologists have supposed that close relationships with criminal associates are a central precipitant of criminal behavior.
Social learning theory, in particular, posits that the definitions i. Social learning theory has a growing base of empirical support in the literature: In a recent Downloaded from ijo.
Although the impact of criminal peers on criminal behavior is allotted a central role in many general theories of crime and has been found in several meta-analyses as a primary dynamic risk factor of recidivism e. In a large adolescent sample, for example, Thornberry, Lizotte, Krohn, Farnworth, and Sung Joon found that the involvement with delinquent peers had a larger impact on the formation of a criminogenic belief system than com- mitting delinquent behaviors.
They also found an interesting interaction between delinquent beliefs, peers, and behaviors: The adoption of pro-crime beliefs led to increased association with delinquent peers and participation in lawbreaking behav- iors. They found significant correlations between the existence of previous criminal associates and three antisocial attitudes: violence i.
They also found that two components of criminal social identity, namely, a strong personal bond with a criminal group and positive attitudes toward a criminal group, mediated the relationship between the existence of criminal associates and antisocial attitudes.
These findings indicate that in addition to association with criminal peers, the devel- opment of a criminal social identity consisting of a strong, positive emotional identifi- cation with such peers is important for the development of three specific attitudes e. Although Boduszek et al. As such, the present study aimed to empirically examine the association between criminal associates and criminogenic thinking, as conceptualized by Walters , a, and Mandracchia et al.
Specifically, we sought to examine whether having criminal associates would Downloaded from ijo. We hypothesized the following: Hypothesis 1: Above and beyond the effects of covariates e. Hypothesis 2: The proportion of free time spent with criminal associates will dem- onstrate a stronger relationship with both understandings of criminogenic thinking than the quantity of criminal associates.
This study is unique in two ways: First, whereas previous studies focused on spe- cific antisocial attitudes in relation to criminal associates, this study is the first to examine how criminogenic thinking, a seemingly related but distinct type of crimino- genic cognition, is related with criminal associates; second, this is the first study to examine this relationship among incarcerated offenders in the United States.
Method Participants Data for the analyses consisted of responses from adult male incarcerated offenders from several Texas Department of Criminal Justice TDCJ facilities, which included general population, reception and diagnostic, state jail, and transfer units. There were originally participants in the study; however, data from participants were excluded from the analyses.
An additional 88 were removed because they failed to complete any item of the Measure of Criminal Attitudes and Associates MCAA Part A, the instru- ment utilized to measure criminal associate variables. A series of independent samples t tests and chi-square tests of independence were utilized to identify any demographic and criminal history differences that exist between those participants excluded from the analy- ses for validity or data quantity concerns.
There was also Downloaded from ijo. In total, although most demographic and criminal history back- grounds were not statistically different between the initially excluded cases and the cases included in the analyses, the retained participants had served slightly more time on their current sentence, were slightly more educated, had higher frequencies of White partici- pants, and had higher frequencies of participants with property offenses.
Participants were Regarding sentences for their current incar- ceration, participants reported having received an average sentence of 9. Regarding their primary index offense i. Measures MCAA. These responses in Part A are used to produce two index scores. This produces a value of 0 to 16 for each of the four identified friends.
These 4 values are then summed to create the CFI, which ranges from 0 to 64 higher scores indicate higher proportions of free time spent in the company of associates who engage in more criminal activity. Downloaded from ijo. Responses to items range from strongly agree 1 to strongly disagree 5. The MOTS- R consists of a total score, which represents overall level of current criminogenic thinking, and three scales of more specific criminogenic thinking styles i. It is important to note that because of the directionality of the response options, lower total, and scale scores indicate higher levels of criminogenic thinking.
A previous study utilizing the same sample as the present study demonstrated sound psychometric properties of the MOTS-R, including indicators of reliability i. The PICTS Walters, is an item self-report instrument designed to measure current thinking styles thought to perpetuate the criminal lifestyle.
Response options range from disagree 1 to strongly agree 4 , and thus higher scores reflect stronger presence of criminogenic thinking styles. Procedure Recruitment of potential participants was conducted by institution staff members e. Recruitment methods varied per institu- tion in accordance with the maintenance of safe and practical functioning of the insti- tution.
Although this generally consisted of a convenience approach i. Because of safety concerns and adherence to institutional regulation, inmates placed in special housing e.
Inmates recruited for potential participation were gathered in a group setting within the institution, in such places as a classroom or cafeteria. The researchers described the nature and purpose of the study, and addressed any questions or concerns. Inmates who agreed to participate completed the research materials; each participant completed the materials in one ses- sion. All inmates i. Complete data were available for participants Missing data were handled with Multiple Imputation MI , a method in which the original data set is subjected to an imputation phase i.
In particular, using SPSS Version 22 , the data for the present study were imputed five times, and the following analyses were con- ducted using the imputed data sets.
To examine the aforementioned predictive relationship, two hierarchical linear regression HLR analyses were conducted using the Number of Criminal Friends and the Criminal Friend Index of the MCAA as predictors of criminogenic thinking. In both analyses, demographic variables previ- ously shown to contribute to criminogenic thinking were entered into the first block i. In addition, given research demonstrating that incarceration and exposure to other inmates may result in increased levels of crimino- genic thinking for both first-time and experienced inmates Walters, , the amount of time each participant had served of their current sentence was also entered into the first block.
All assumptions for the regression analyses were met e. Multicollinearity issues, in par- ticular, were of some concern given that some of the same items were used as part of both criminal association predictor variables see above. However, examination of the Downloaded from ijo. The second block, consisting of Number of Criminal Friends and the Criminal Friend Index, accounted for an additional 2. This finding suggests that a one standard deviation increase in CFI scores was associated with a 0.
Considering that lower scores on the MOTS-R sug- gest higher levels of criminal thinking, inversely related scores indicate that as the proportion of free time spent with criminal associates increases so does the level of criminogenic thinking.
The first block i. The second block, in which the number of criminal friends and the CFI were added to the model, accounted for an additional 7. This finding sug- gests that a one standard deviation increase in CFI scores was associated with a 0. Discussion Of the risk factors that contribute to recidivism, those dynamic and mutable aspects of an offender i. The present study aimed to verify the theoretical link between criminal associ- ates and criminogenic thinking.
Tommy escapes the house and rings Tuppence from a call box. She is safe. Tommy's "order" at the hotel was in fact a set of code words from Clinton H Stagg's stories for Albert to fetch help. Albert tailed Tuppence, and he and the police freed her from "Captain Harker". The Man in the Mist[ edit ] Tommy and Tuppence have had a setback, failing to solve their latest case involving a stolen pearl necklace. Instead, the local police inspector apprehended the culprit.
Having withdrawn to lick their wounds with cocktails in a hotel, they meet an old acquaintance, Mervyn Estcourt, known as "Bulger", who is in the company of the famous actress Gilda Glen. She is renowned for her beauty and rumoured to be notable for her lack of intelligence. Miss Glen seems puzzled by Tommy's Father Brown disguise and Tommy ambiguously confirms his detective credentials.
The directions from Bulger as to the way back to the station include a walk down Morgan's Avenue. Miss Glen is startled by this advice and Bulger laughs at her belief that the road in question is haunted by the ghost of a policeman who was killed and yet still walks his spectral beat. Miss Glen leaves hurriedly.
Bulger tells them that she is engaged to marry Lord Leconbury, who meets the actress outside the door to the hotel. Bulger leaves soon afterwards and Tommy receives a note from Miss Glen asking for his help and for him to call on her at The White House, Morgan's Avenue, at 6.
A shabbily dressed and aggressive young man bursts into the hotel. Sitting near Tommy and Tuppence, he tells them that his name is James Reilly, and he is a pacifist poet enamoured of Gilda. She once cared for him, but does so no longer since her engagement to Lord Leconbury.
Still angry, he leaves as suddenly as he arrived. Tommy and Tuppence walk to Morgan's Avenue, in a thick fog. Tuppence is startled when a policeman looms up out of the mist just near to the White House.
Recovering herself, she sees Reilly enter the house. The policeman confirms that the house is the residence of Mrs Honeycott, and that he saw someone who resembles Miss Glen enter there a few minutes before. About to enter the house, they hear a cry and Reilly runs out, leaving what looks like red paint from his hand on a gatepost as he does so. The two enter the house and meet Ellen, the maid, who is indignant about the visit by Reilly. Then they meet Mrs Honeycott.
Mistaking Tommy for a real priest, she asks for his help with Gilda who is her sister. Some twenty years before, at the age of seventeen, she married a man against the wishes of her family, and now wants a divorce to marry Lord Leconbury.
Her husband is refusing to grant her this wish, although the marriage took place so long ago that Mrs Honeycott cannot remember his name.
She confirms that it was Reilly whom she saw rush upstairs and as quickly down again. Tommy asks to be shown upstairs where they find Gilda's body, her head smashed in on one side by a blunt instrument.
Tuppence fetches the policeman from outside. Questioning reveals that Mrs Honeycott heard her sister entering the house at eight minutes past six as she was re-setting the main clock. This agrees with the time at which the policeman himself saw the actress enter, just before Tommy and Tuppence walked up Morgan's Avenue.
Reilly insists that the woman was dead when he entered her room. That would mean either Ellen or Mrs Honeycott killed her. Tommy suddenly realises no one inside the house saw Gilda enter, they only heard the door open.
Before that the two women already in the house were in the kitchen, where they could not see or hear anyone entering with a key. Just because they heard the door banging, it does not prove anything. It could just as easily have been someone leaving the house, like the policeman they saw at the gate and who carries a truncheon, which would serve as the blunt instrument needed to carry out the deed, especially as the policeman was Gilda's husband of long-ago.
The Crackler[ edit ] Blunt's detective agency is doing well. Tommy considers they may need a larger office, in part to accommodate the shelf-space needed to store the classics books by Edgar Wallace if they are to copy his methods of detection. Inspector Marriot calls on the two sleuths with his mission for them: A large number of well- forged one-pound notes are in circulation and he wants them to track down the source. The West End seems to be the starting point in England, and some have come from across the Channel.
The police are especially interested in the activities of Major Laidlaw who is involved in horse racing circles. He and his French wife seem to have a lot of money. Although it could be a coincidence, a large number of the notes have come from a gambling club used by the Laidlaws and this, together with the racing, could be an ideal way of distributing the forgeries.
Tommy and Tuppence make their plans to catch the head of the forgers, or 'The Crackler' as Tommy calls him, named after the sound that a rustled banknote makes. The two are soon ensconced in the Laidlaw's circle of friends. Heroulade, is an object of suspicion. They observe how notes are passed by the Laidlaws to lay their bets. Among each wad of notes there are some forgeries. Marguerite Laidlaw is a striking woman and has a string of admirers.
Among them is a visiting wealthy American called Hank Ryder who tells Tommy that she is in fear of her husband. Ryder also notices the forged notes, as his bank rejected them. The next night Tommy is at the gambling club, Mrs Laidlaw passes him small notes to exchange for one of a higher denomination. Among them are several forgeries.
His suspicions are directed to M. Heroulade, but his attention is caught when he leaves the club and finds Hank Ryder drunk in the street outside. In his slurred ramblings he tells Tommy how Mrs Laidlaw took him on a treasure hunt which included a visit to Whitechapel where she "found" five hundred pounds.
Tommy takes Ryder to the district and the house they visited earlier. As the row of terraced dwellings look identical, Tommy chalks a small cross at the base of the back door before they enter. Ryder thinks he hears someone coming and goes back out to investigate. Tommy goes further into the house and finds the counterfeiting gang and The Crackler himself — Hank Ryder.
Ryder captures Tommy and tells him that he marked every door with a cross. Ryder's satisfaction is cut short when Marriot and the police burst into the room and arrest the gang. Tommy tells Ryder that when he was chalking the door, he emptied a bottle of valerian on the ground, thus attracting the neighbourhood cats to the smell.
This was his pre-arranged sign to Albert who, on his orders, followed them to Whitechapel. To test his abilities as this detective, he has brought along a cutting from a newspaper on the recent case known as the Sunningdale Mystery. Captain Anthony Sessle and Mr Hollaby, business partners and members of Sunningdale Golf Club , played a full round of golf on the course on a Wednesday and then decided to play a few more holes before it became dark.
As they approached the tee on the seventh hole, Hollaby saw Sessle talking to a mysterious woman in a brown coat. They went off, talking, down a side path, and after a moment Sessle reappeared. Something had upset him for his game fell apart and two holes later Sessle gave up and walked off alone, presumably to his bungalow home. The existence of the woman in brown, Sessle's temporary departure with her, and his subsequent poor game were witnessed by two other members who were behind them on the course.
The next morning, Sessle was found dead on the seventh tee, stabbed with a hatpin through the heart. The police found forensic evidence on the man that led them to trace a young woman called Doris Evans.
She was arrested and told a story of meeting Sessle at a cinema. He invited her to his bungalow on a day when, as she learned later, his wife and servants would be away. On the day in question, the man met her as he arrived home from the golf course. He behaved strangely and then, suggesting a stroll, he took her to the golf course. On the seventh tee he suddenly became deranged and produced a revolver , wildly suggesting a suicide pact. Doris escaped his grasp and ran off. It has come to light that Sessle and Hollaby's assurance business is in liquidation and the funds embezzled.
Over their table, Tuppence counters that Doris did not murder the man, as very few women nowadays use hatpins. That suggests that a man not conversant with fashions committed the crime and tried to frame a woman. Tommy soon remembers that near the seventh hole on the course is a small hut, and the two talk about the possibility that the woman in brown could have been a man in disguise.
This leads them to wonder which man. Linked to Tuppence's theory that the embezzler of the company was not Sessle but Hollaby and his son, they speculate that the woman was Hollaby Junior in disguise.
They reconstruct the crime: Hollaby's son in disguise lures Sessle away in full view of the other two players on the course. He stabs him with a hatpin and hides the body in a hut, changing into the coat of the dead man. The two witnesses on the course see at a distance the deterioration in his game and "Sessle" then goes to his bungalow where he meets Doris Evans as arranged and goes through a series of actions which lead to the innocent woman being arrested. The Beresfords wonder how to convince the police of the plausibility of their theory.
Inspector Marriot sits at the next table, listening intently to them. He was suspicious of the Hollabys and promises to set enquiries in motion. The House of Lurking Death[ edit ] The Beresfords receive a professional visit from a smartly dressed young woman, Lois Hargreaves of Thurnly Grange, her house in the country. One week before, her household received a box of chocolates anonymously through the post.
Not liking chocolates, she did not eat any, and consequently she was the only one who was not taken ill afterwards. The cause was arsenic poisoning and this is the third occurrence in the area of such a gift and its after-effects. What perturbs Miss Hargreaves is that the paper in which the chocolates were wrapped was re-used from a previous parcel sent to the Grange, evidenced by a small doodle of three intertwined fish that she drew on it. The poisoner is therefore someone in her own home.
Miss Hargreaves is a rich heiress. She inherited her fortune from her aunt, the wealthy widow Lady Radclyffe. Lady Radclyffe had invited Lois to live with her, and she always made it clear to Lois that she intended to leave the bulk of her estate to Dennis Radclyffe, her late husband's nephew. After a quarrel with the young man she quietly changed her will in favour of Lois. Three weeks earlier, when she turned 21, Lois made a will leaving her money to Dennis.
He lives at the Grange with her, as does Miss Logan, an old lady who is a cousin of Dennis and a former companion to Lady Radclyffe. Mary Chilcott, an old schoolfriend of Lois, is also living at the Grange.
The servants are a cook, a kitchenmaid, a parlourmaid called Esther, and an elderly maid called Hannah. The next day, Tommy and Tuppence plan to travel down to the Grange; before leaving, they read the news that Lois is dead, killed by a poison which also affected Dennis and Miss Logan.
The source is fig paste in sandwiches eaten by the three but not by Mary Chilcott, who is unaffected. They meet Dr Burton who is looking after the patients and who tells them that Dennis died early that morning. The doctor has not yet identified the poison, but it was not arsenic.
They learn that Dennis was out when the sandwiches were eaten for tea. Tuppence finds that he was seen by one of the maids to drink a cocktail , and gets hold of the glass before it is washed. In speaking with everyone in the house, they meet Hannah, who quotes dark lines from scripture , bringing fire and brimstone on all concerned. She has an old book on poisons and medicines by Edward Logan, Miss Logan's father, a pioneer of serum therapeutics.
They confirm this from the ill old lady. Tuppence notices that she has a mass of small pinpricks on her arm. They call at Dr Burton's and find out that the poison is ricin and, from the entry in Edward Logan's book, deduce that Miss Logan is the murderer.
The pinpricks on her arm are from injections of small amounts of the poison she has been giving herself to build up immunity. As next of kin to Dennis, she would inherit once Lois, then Dennis, died. The near-mad Hannah hears this accusation and then bursts into Miss Logan's room and attacks her, starting a fire in the process. Tommy stifles the flames but the shock of this event causes Miss Logan to die. Dr Burton confirms that the cocktail glass contained traces of ricin.
The Unbreakable Alibi[ edit ] Tommy and Tuppence's latest client is a personable, rich, but slightly dense young man called Mr Montgomery Jones.
He has met an Australian woman called Una Drake with whom he has fallen violently in love.
Talking of their mutual love of detective stories, she has made a bet with him that he cannot break an alibi she has set up for herself. She has agreed that if he wins he can ask her for anything he likes, and it is his intention to ask her for her hand in marriage.
Knowing full well that he is not known for his intelligence, Montgomery Jones asks the Beresfords to take on the task for him. At the same time, she stayed the night at the Castle Hotel in Torquay and returned to London the next morning. Armed with a photograph of Miss Drake and the knowledge of the methods of Inspector French, Tommy and Tuppence interview Mr le Marchant who confirms that he was with the young lady for part of the evening in question.
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