Sons whose mothers had a criminal record had a 33 per cent chance of also being convicted of a serious crime - around twice the rate for those with law-abiding parents.
Daughters with a criminal mother have a 17 per cent chance of being convicted, also twice the normal rate.
But Dr [Vanessa] Goodwin says the figures in the study likely under-estimated the probabilities that the offspring of criminal parents would take to crime.
Official criminal records substantially underplayed the true level of offending, especially juvenile offending.
I have long contended that the correlation of crime with poverty is not so much from poverty as such but rather from the poor parenting and bad peer influences that are correlated with poverty. This is further confirmation.