NLS user since 2009
NLSY97 data provides valuable longitudinal follow-ups on youth and young adults in the crime and substance use domains. From my research I found that females desist earlier than males and the age-crime curves by sex do carry statistically different shapes.
NLSY97 data have been collected and maintained (in good quality) for 15 waves now. This important longitudinal aspect and its consistency are what many data sets do not have. In criminological research, it is recognized that criminal behaviors bear age-graded change that is meaningful to prevention and promotion of desistance. NLSY97 data offer this angle with relatively consistent quality.