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SOC371H5 Lecture Notes - Corporate Crime, Neoliberalism, Victimless Crime


Department
Sociology
Course Code
SOC371H5
Professor
Philip Goodman

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SOC371
Oct 1st
Class, Marx, and the Criminal Justice System
- reducing crime?
- how to design a system that would fail
ocriminalize acts with no unwilling victim
prostitution, drug use (victimless crimes)
odiscretion
at every level – police, judges, parole officers; they all have their own
discretion
omake prison demeaning
rather than rehabilitating people, you do more harm
make it hard for them to re-enter society
oimpart few, if any, marketable skills
ocollateral consequences
not only consequences for the person, but also on families and
communities of those who are incarcerated
- pyrrhic defeat theory
othe idea of what a system would look like if it was ineffective
- ‘real’ sources of crime – argue these are the sources of crime (Marx)
opoverty, prison, guns, drugs
- more people die from unsafe-unhealthy work conditions than murder – getting middle
class to look to street crime rather than corporate crime and industrial crime
- if we describe crime to be harmful – as much harm is done from corporate and industrial
crime than violent crime
onegligence – harm
ocompare the number of people who die and are harmed by industrial crime –
more harm done by them than people alone
odisproportion between the amount of harm done by white collar crime and the %
of people who are punished who fall under that category
ostreet crime is punished at a higher rate and more severely than industrial and
corporate crime
- at each stage, class is important – those who are wealthy are punished less severely
- chapter 3
otreatment of poor vs. wealthy
on average – not case by case
oarrest and charging
oadjudication
osentencing
Some Discussion Questions from Reiman Reading
- role of race
otreat race as an intersection?
- conspiracy theory – invisible hand
oCJS is built wrong from the foundation – designed to be counter productive
but in failing, it succeeds – it is effective – the target of this practise
keeps you looking and worrying about street crime and wants you to not
focus too much on industrial crime (also shown on the media)
you think less of corporate fraud because it is shown to be less ‘scary’ as
burglary
- you are either not aware, or don’t worry
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