Patterns of convictions and the crime drop in Scotland
This project examines declining rates of convictions for men and women over the course of the crime drop in Scotland. Initial results show that the drop in police recorded crime in Scotland since the early 1990s has been accompanied by declines in convictions rates for young people, and especially young men. Convictions rates for young men have declined since the late 1980s, whilst convictions for young women only show similar declines after 2007. In contrast, older members of the population do not show the same decline in convictions over the course of the crime drop.
Read more about Ben Matthews' research in AQMeN research briefing 4 Where have all the young offenders gone?.