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By J. Goldstraw-White

This booklet explores the bills given by way of white-collar crime offenders to safeguard their legal behaviour so as to guard their characters and social status. it truly is in accordance with in-depth interviews with forty-one female and male convicted white-collar offenders, who have been nonetheless serving their sentences in English prisons. when a few texts were written approximately white-collar crime offenders, only a few reports have tried to process this through analyzing the particular purposes and explanations for his or her felony behaviour without delay from the offenders. This booklet goals to make additional growth during this zone. via exploring the members' explanations, possibilities and morality, this ebook will make a key contribution to exploring white-collar crime offenders' views in their crimes. This e-book not just provides to the tutorial wisdom during this sector, but in addition is helping enterprises to contemplate the strengths in their crime prevention equipment and appropriateness in their fraud and defense regulations.

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Embezzlers in Benson’s sample, however, had more difficulty in using this strategy, as they needed to show that their offence had been a one-off rather than part of everyday, routine activity (ibid). Offenders also needed to demonstrate that the offence with which they were charged was not indicative of their usual character and behaviour – in other words, to distance themselves from the offence. Not only would the perpetrators have to show that the event was out of the ordinary, but also understandable in the circumstances and not part of a pattern of usual behaviour (ibid: 601).

Deviant behaviour at work, possibly to achieve recognition or promotion, would be an example of this. The model proposed by Scott and Lyman in 1968 for a theory of account remained relatively unchanged until Schönbach in 1980 added two more to the main categories of excuses and justifications – these being ‘concessions’ and ‘refusals’. Concessions, as defined by Schönbach, are what others, such as Goffman (1971) and Scher (1989), term elaborate apologies. In these, the offender acknowledges the action and its outcome, and accepts responsibility for both.

Offenders also needed to demonstrate that the offence with which they were charged was not indicative of their usual character and behaviour – in other words, to distance themselves from the offence. Not only would the perpetrators have to show that the event was out of the ordinary, but also understandable in the circumstances and not part of a pattern of usual behaviour (ibid: 601). Finally, ‘The denouncer should not be seen as personally involved in the case but instead represent the group values and act in their interests’ (ibid).

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