Crime: The amount and disparity of sentencing – a comparison of corporate and occupational white collar criminals
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Original versionInternational Journal of Law, Crime and Justice, 42 (2014) 3: 175-187. DOI: 10.1016/j.ijlcj.2014.01.002 10.1016/j.ijlcj.2014.01.002
Research carried out previously, aimed at examining differences in the length of the sentencing and type of offence, have typically compared white collar and street criminality. The main aim of the current study is to examine the differences in sentence length for white collar occupational and corporate offenders from street crime offenses and to identify which factors eventually could explain such differences. The crime amount was smaller in occupational convictions despite the fact that the average crime amount was significantly less in this group compared to the crime amount among corporate criminals. Socioeconomic status and company size were not found to be associated with the length of the sentence. We discuss whether the difference in length of the sentence could be explained by the fact that occupational crime is committed for the criminals' own purposes or enrichment, while this is often not the case among corporate criminals.
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