Theodore Wilson: Recent Publication in the Journal of Research in Crime and Delinquency
Theodore Wilson, Ray Paternoster, and Tom Loughran utilized data from the Pathways to Desistance study to test whether offenders obtain information from their family members on the risk of getting arrested. Specifically, they looked at whether the arrest and crime experiences of one's family members are integrated into updating an individual's perceptions of the chance that he/she would get arrested for committing a crime.
The authors found that having criminal family members who did not get arrested during the current period had the most criminogenic effect upon one’s personal perception of sanction risk, but simply having family members commit crime, regardless of sanction status, appeared to be criminogenic. The article, titled "Direct and Indirect Experiential Effects in an Updating Model of Deterrence," was published online on August 18, 2016 in the Journal of Research in Crime and Delinquency.