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The Challenge of White Collar Sentencing

Ellen S. Podgor

Stetson University College of Law

Journal of Criminal Law and Criminology, Vol. 93, No. 3, 2007

Sentencing white collar offenders is difficult in that the economic crimes committed clearly injured individuals, but the offenders do not present a physical threat to society. This Article questions the necessity of giving Draconian sentences, in some cases in excess of twenty-five years, to non-violent first offenders who commit white collar crimes. The attempts by the U.S. Sentencing Commission to achieve a neutral sentencing methodology, one that is class-blind, fails to respect the real differences presented by these offenders. As the term white-collar crime has sociological roots, it is advocated here that sociology needs to be a component in the sentencing of white collar offenders.

Number of Pages in PDF File: 29

Keywords: sentencing, white collar crime, criminal law, corporate crime, sociology

JEL Classification: K14, K22

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Date posted: November 23, 2007  

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Podgor, Ellen S., The Challenge of White Collar Sentencing. Journal of Criminal Law and Criminology, Vol. 93, No. 3, 2007. Available at SSRN: http://ssrn.com/abstract=1031832

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Stetson University College of Law ( email )
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United States
727 562 7348 (Phone)
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