Differences in paths to desistance
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In the Sheffield Desistance Study (Bottoms and Shapland, Chapter 6, this volume), we found that it was very difficult to replicate the space-time diaries that have been so fruitful in adolescence studies – because our persistent offenders’ lives were often full of day-to-day problems, so in retrospect they could not remember exactly what they were doing on a given day (see also Mulvey and Schubert, Chapter 7, this volume). Yet environmental criminology shows us that place is key to criminal opportunities and, we would venture to suggest, possibly legitimate opportunities as well.