Wednesday, 30 October 2013
A Contemporary Study of the Decision to Incarcerate White-Collar and Street Property Offender
The November article, written by Shanna Van Slyke and William D Bales, looks at the traditional understanding of white-collar offences as somehow less serious and therefore deserving of lesser sentences. They examine whether this tendency has survived the white-collar crime scandals of the early 2000s, notably the Enron episode. The research looks at the sentencing of white-collar and street property offenders in Florida from 1994 to 2004, taking into account legal and extra-legal factors to determine whether a shift in punitivism is evident.
The article provides a timely opportunity to discuss the popular perception of white-collar crime in the wider context of recent Irish events and the seeming groundswell of criticism towards bankers and others perceived to have been complicit in and responsible for the economic downturn. Is the current willingness to take white-collar crime seriously here to stay, or is it an expressive short-term reaction to events?
Venue: Mulligan's Pub on Poolbeg Street
When: Tuesday 19th November at 6pm