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NCJ Number: 82911 Find in a Library
Title: Corporate Advantage - A Study of the Involvement of Corporate and Individual Victims in a Criminal Justice System
Journal: Social Forces  Volume:60  Issue:4  Dated:(June 1982)  Pages:993-1022
Author(s): J Hagan
Date Published: 1982
Page Count: 30
Sponsoring Agency: Canada Solicitor General
Ottawa, Ontario K1A 0P8, Canada
Format: Article
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: The legal conceptualization of corporate entities as juristic persons has both obscured and enhanced their influence in the criminal justice process. We point to several consequences of this influence: greater success of corporate than individual actors in getting individual offenders convicted, greater formal equality in the treatment of individuals prosecuted for crimes against corporate than individual victims, and greater satisfaction of corporate than individual victims with their experiences in the criminal justice system.
Abstract: We discuss the apparent paradox that an increase in formal equality may accompany higher rates of conviction for individuals accused of crimes against 'juristic persons,' and emphasize the important advantages a formal rational system of criminal law can provide these corporate entities. Making the role of corporate entities explicit is one way of adding a structural dimension that is lacking in contemporary criminal justice research. (Publisher's abstract)
Index Term(s): Corporate criminal liability; Crimes against businesses; Decisionmaking; Equal Protection; Judicial discretion; White collar crime
Note: Presented at the 1980 meetings of the American Sociological Association
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