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A Descriptive Profile of Selected Brunei Convicts: Viewpoint

Lawrence Mundia
Journal of Public Administration and Governance , Volume 10, pp 6-19; doi:10.5296/jpag.v10i3.17357

Abstract: The case study (N = 54) described the participants using biographical attributes (age, type of offenses committed, education, marriage, employment, marital status of parents, repeat offenses, and district of residence) about criminality. Theft and drug-related offenses were first and second top crimes. Youths aged 18-29 were more involved in stealing and rape than older peers. Half of the theft convicts were employed and the other half unemployed before incarceration suggesting common underlying causes for stealing such as low education and low income (or poverty) among participants. Elderly convicts (aged 30-40) were most engaged in drug offenses, incest, and adultery compared to younger counterparts. First and repeat crimes were equally high across the participants' educational level, marital status, and parents' marital status. Most of the crimes were committed in the Brunei-Muara district. The findings call for mental health testing and appropriate interventions for crime perpetrators. Further mixed methods research was recommended.
Keywords: parents / marital status / stealing / Repeat / crimes / Brunei / Theft / convicts / offenses

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