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The importance of life-course criminology for both academic criminology and criminal justice policy is hard to exaggerate. Since its introduction in the latter half of the 1980s, the meticulous study of distinct career dimensions, like onset, frequency and crime mix, has yielded a wealth of information on the way crime develops over the life span. Policymakers have, in turn, used this information in their efforts to tailor criminal justice interventions to be both effective and efficient. Combining insights from developmental psychology and life-course sociology, life-course criminology sprang from the desire to understand the different developmental patterns found in criminal career researchThe Routledge International Handbook of Life-course Criminology provides an authoritative collection of international theoretical and empirical research into the way criminal behavior develops over the life span, which causal mechanisms are involved in shaping this development, and to what degree criminal justice interventions are successful in redirecting offenders’ criminal trajectories. It offers a comprehensive overview of life-course research and brings together research from over 50 authors from over ten different countries across the globe, including the US, Canada, Scandinavia, the UK, The Netherlands, Germany, Switzerland, Spain and Australia.