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Should white-collar criminals be given special treatment in prison?

  • White collar criminals should be given special treatment within prison.

    The people who commit white collar crimes are criminals, true, but being thrown into an environment that emphasizes brute strength and cruelty, odds are that when these white collar criminals come out they will be much more likely to be violent, and why do we need more violent people in society. Anyways, white collar criminals may be cruel, but why on earth would we throw people who committed fraud in with monster killers and rapists.

  • White collar criminals should be given some special treatment.

    White collar criminals have committed no violent acts or dangerous crimes. Therefore, they should not be forced to mingle with murderers and rapists in the general population of a given prison. These are people with terrible morals, yes, but that wished no harm on anyone and simply made bad judgment calls often affected by greed.

    Posted by: CurvyErich46
  • Double standard applied

    My big grip about white collar crimes are the majority of them usually involve insider trading. This practice is still legal for members of congress, their families and staffers. When we have one set of laws that apply to all,maybe I will change my mind. Until then this, do as I say not as I do bull needs to be changed. Or do we send all of our elected officials to prision?

  • There needs to be a distinction between violent and non-violent offenders.

    The survey question is too broad. I think white-collar criminals should be grouped with other non-violent offenders like drug users and shoplifters and kept separate from rapists and murderers.

    Prisons are costly and overcrowded. We should save prison time for criminals who are an actual danger to society and for repeat offenders who refuse to learn from their mistakes. There are many other ways to punish non-violent offenders such as restitution, community service, and house arrest. An ankle monitor is cheaper than a prison cell.

  • Less likely to be violent

    Compared to violent criminals, white collar criminals are less likely to cause trouble in prison, both for the guards and for other prisoners. Throwing them in a maximum-security jail, with rapists and murderers, is incredibly expensive. It is cheaper to put them in minimum-security jails where they are unlikely to cause much trouble. It's more cost effective.

  • There needs to be a distinction between violent and non-violent offenders.

    The survey question is too broad. I think white-collar criminals should be grouped with other non-violent offenders like drug users and shoplifters and kept separate from rapists and murderers.

    Prisons are costly and overcrowded. We should save prison time for criminals who are an actual danger to society and for repeat offenders who refuse to learn from their mistakes. There are many other ways to punish non-violent offenders such as restitution, community service, and house arrest. An ankle monitor is cheaper than a prison cell.

  • They should be

    Because they aren't committing a crime like murder, rape, kidnapping etc. They are stealing money which yes, it is bad but not nearly as bad as defiling another human being and taking their, life, pride, or even their own dignity. Thats my oppinion on this situation of white collar crimes.

  • White Collar Crimes Kill People Too

    Think ENRON, the economic recession and wake up. People die when their financial lives are destroyed. White collar criminals can rot in hell next to "Bubba" in their cells. Knowing they are going to get raped instead of playing tennis in minimum security is fine by me. I would like to see white collar crimes classified as violent because they destroy lives too.

  • White collar crime can be just as dangerous as blue collar crime. White collar criminals need to be punished for their actions.

    We need to send the message that white collar crime is not victimless crime. Just because the perpetrator is of a different social class and commits the crime in a less overt manner, that does not mean that the consequences are any less harmful to society than most blue collar crimes. Compare the following:
    (Blue Collar) A man convicted of armed robbery of a bank vs.
    (White collar) A man convicted of embezzlement at a bank in which he works
    Do they not have the exact same effects? They are essentially the same crime-- except the blue collar criminal held a gun, while the white collar criminal held a position of trust.
    By putting white collar criminals together with blue collar criminals, society would be sending the message to white collar criminals that their actions are as despicable of criminals with lower social class.

    We desperatly need to shake the notion that white collar crime is not "real" crime, so that white collar workers realize just how serious transgressions can be.

    If white collar criminals can commit the crime, they are tough enough to do their time with the rest of the prison population.

  • White collar crime can be just as dangerous as blue collar crime. White collar criminals need to be punished for their actions.

    We need to send the message that white collar crime is not victimless crime. Just because the perpetrator is of a different social class and commits the crime in a less overt manner, that does not mean that the consequences are any less harmful to society than most blue collar crimes. Compare the following:
    (Blue Collar) A man convicted of armed robbery of a bank vs.
    (White collar) A man convicted of embezzlement at a bank in which he works
    Do they not have the exact same effects? They are essentially the same crime-- except the blue collar criminal held a gun, while the white collar criminal held a position of trust.
    By putting white collar criminals together with blue collar criminals, society would be sending the message to white collar criminals that their actions are as despicable of criminals with lower social class.

    We desperatly need to shake the notion that white collar crime is not "real" crime, so that white collar workers realize just how serious transgressions can be.

    If white collar criminals can commit the crime, they are tough enough to do their time with the rest of the prison population.

  • A criminal is a criminal

    I think of the bankers and wall street types who have placed so many families in this country in poverty, homes lost, pensions lost, and above all dreams lost. Why should they be kept apart from people who could not afford the high priced lawyers, who do not have friends in high places, and who, no matter what else they may have done, have not betrayed everything this country is supposed to stand for, have not betrayed trust - and then laughed about it while demanding more privileges?

  • No, White collar criminals don't deserve "special treatment.

    These individuals are just as greedy and uncaring as any violent criminal. The difference is they can pay off or use contacts to pay a small fine and literally "get away with murder" If a CEO ignores warnings of a product defect that can kill innocent people and allows it for years to exist, Who's killing more people? It's horrifying that these individuals continue to do this with little to no consequences. Yet the middle class and below are jailed for lesser crimes. How long til we get a truly fair justice system?

  • White Collar Crime is non-violent

    Although white collar criminals have broken the law and should be punished, the method of punishment is very important. Violent criminals are much more dangerous and putting white collar criminals in with these violent offenders would be unwise, especially as there is likely animosity towards the criminals in prison. This does not mean that the white collar criminals should get a very comfortable prison life, just that they should be held separately from violent criminals and get more freedoms within prison.

  • No, white collar criminals should not be given special treatment.

    White collar criminals should be subject to the same treatment in prison that the other criminals get. If you commit a crime that warrants prison time, then you are going to have to serve your sentence just like everyone else. You should not be able to get special treatment based on social class.

  • Prisons should be prisons, and I don't think it is fair that white-collar criminals get a more lofty stint in prisons.

    I think if a crime is committed, then there should be no distinction of the class of the person committing the crime. It is unfair that people with the likelihood of more money, or presumably more education, get treated differently than those who commit crimes of the same nature. I think a crime is a crime, no matter where you fall on the social scale, and should be punished the same, with no special treatment in prison.

    Posted by: PointlessElbert47
  • I disagree that white-collar criminals should be given special treatment in prison, because they broke the law.

    White-collar criminals shouldn't be given special treatment, and neither should rapists, child molesters or anyone else who commits crimes that directly affect others. Prison is supposed to be aversion therapy, not Club Med. If potential white-collar criminals knew they would be housed with murderers and thugs, then they might well decide not to commit a crime in the first place.

    Posted by: N3vinFace
  • White collar criminals are supposedly more educated, and should be less influenced by temptation.

    Having a higher level of education does not necessarily make a person more honest, but it does give the individual more opportunity to make a respectable income, and those individuals should not be tempted to a life of crime. They have apparently given in to their dishonesty, and I feel they are even more at fault than those with less opportunity.

    Posted by: DesertedBrent

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