The network dynamics of co-offending careers

Yanick Charette*, Andrew V. Papachristos

*Corresponding author for this work

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Despite the long-standing acknowledgement that crime is a group phenomenon, little research treats co-offending as a dynamic network process. This study analyses the individual and network processes responsible for long-lasting criminal relationships using co-offending dyads from eight years of arrest records in Chicago. Results from proportional hazard models suggest that homophily with respect to age, race, gender, geographic proximity, and gang identity lead to sustained partnerships. Victimization increases the probability of continued co-offending, while the victimization of one's associates dissuade continued collaboration. Supra-dyadic processes (centrality, transitivity) influence the likelihood of continued co-offending. Results are discussed regarding opportunities and turning points.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)3-13
Number of pages11
JournalSocial Networks
StatePublished - Oct 2017


  • Co-offending
  • Criminal networks
  • Criminal opportunities
  • Dynamic networks
  • Life-course criminology
  • Turning points

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Anthropology
  • Sociology and Political Science
  • Social Sciences(all)
  • Psychology(all)


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