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11 Criminology 61 (1973-1974)
Age Composition and the Increase in Recorded Crime

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Charles F. Wellford
the examination of the impact of changes in the age
composition of the U.S. population on the level of crime has
been examined recently by Sagi and Wellford (1968), the
President's Commission on Law Enforcement and Adminis-
tration of Justice (1967: 207-210), and Ferdinand (1970).
Each of these has demonstrated that, by adjusting for the
differential growth in those age categories that account for
most of the recorded crime, one could account for a large
portion of the assumed increase in the rate of index crime
since 1958. Sagi and Wellford (1968) and the President's
Commission on Law Enforcement and Administration of
Justice (1967), by using refined age categories, estimated that
approximately 50% of the increase in the volume of index
offenses and 25% of the offense ratio (i.e., total index crimes
known to police divided by total population) could be
explained by changes in the age composition of the popu-
lation.' Ferdinand (1970), using only gross age categories
(10-24 and 25+), estimated that age composition accounted
for 12% of the increase in the volume of index offenses.
CHARLES F. WELLFORD has his doctorate in sociology from the
University of Pennsylvania and is currently an Associate Professor of
Criminology, Florida State University.

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