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NCJRS Celebrates National Library Week April 12-18

National Library Week

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NCJ Number: NCJ 241164     Find in a Library
Title: Revisiting the Guilty Mind: The Neutralization of White-Collar Crime
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Author(s): William A. Stadler ; Michael L. Benson
  Journal: Criminal Justice Review  Volume:37  Issue:4  Dated:December 2012  Pages:494 to 511
Date Published: 12/2012
Page Count: 18
  Annotation: This study examined the issue that white-collar offenders do not regard themselves or their actions as criminal.
Abstract: Since Sutherland first addressed the topic, it has been well known that white-collar offenders do not regard themselves or their actions as criminal. Almost without exception white-collar offenders deny that they had a guilty mind when committing their offenses. Indeed, a distinguishing feature of the psychological makeup of white-collar offenders is thought to be their ability to neutralize the moral bind of the law and rationalize their criminal behavior. Although white-collar offenders are assumed to be different than other types of offenders in how they think about their crimes, no research has compared white-collar to other offenders on this matter. The current study fills this gap in the literature by comparing a sample of Federal prison inmates convicted of white-collar offenses with a sample convicted of other types of offenses. Findings indicate that white-collar offenders may not have different thinking patterns as previously thought. Abstract published by arrangement with Sage Journals.
Main Term(s): Criminology
Index Term(s): White collar crime ; Psychological evaluation ; Self evaluation ; Neutralization theory ; White collar offenders ; Class comparisons ; Psychological influences on crime
Type: Report (Study/Research)
Country: United States of America
Language: English
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