White Collar Crime

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A present day study of the term white collar crime, is as controversial as it is general. If you log onto the F.B.I. website to see a host of crimes ranging from health care fraud to computer fraud. (www.fbi.gov) Criminologists, with a focus on the law, contend that many of the behaviors society believes to be white collar crimes are in fact not crimes at all. Without a statute to define a behavior as a criminal violation of law, behaviors could be labeled by individual standards rather than in the context of community value. An individual evaluation of what is or is not deviant allows for a subjective approach that softens the scientific objectivity of criminology (Tappan 1977). Additionally, the American system of criminal justice …show more content…
There is no doubt that America is one of the worlds largest and most formidable countries. Therefore, the prison system must follow accordingly, abiding by the government regulated rules and guidelines of equality and fairness. Unfortunately for the unsuspecting citizens of the United States, the statistics speak otherwise. The prison system in America is undoubtedly the largest in the world, claiming the freedom of roughly four hundred and eighty six for every one hundred thousand Americans, on average. (Federal Bureau of Justice Consensus) The amount of inmates rises annually. At last consensus, midyear 2005, there were 2,320,359 inmates in the prison system, an increase of 2.5%. In fact this steady incline in total number of inmates has been increasing for over a decade.

Since 2001, the percentages are as follows:

Violent Crimes--------49%
Property Crimes-------19%
Drug Crimes-----------20%
Public-Order Crimes--11%

As for the equality and fairness issue, statistics once again show that there are significantly more inmates of African American or Hispanic origin than there are of Caucasian background. At midyear 2004, there were 4,919 black inmates per 100,000 black males in the United States, compared to 1,717 Hispanic males per 100,000 and only 717 white males per 100,000.
Prisons also spend somewhere roughly around $34,000 on each inmate a year, not including special medical bills,
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