Crimes of the Middle Classes: White-collar Offenders in the Federal Courts

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In this major study of convicted white-collar offenders in America, Weisburd, Wheeler, Waring, and Bode show that, contrary to public assumption, the majority of white-collar criminals are not wealthy but come from the middle classes and that judges are not more lenient with these offenders but often punish them more harshly than less socially privileged criminals.

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David Weisburd teaches at the Graduate School of Criminal Justice of Rutgers University.

Stanton Wheeler" "(1930-2007) was Ford Foundation Professor Emeritus of Law and the Social Sciences and professorial lecturer in law at Yale Law School. He was widely recognized for his leadership in integrating law and social science and was best known for his work in the fields of white-collar crimes and prison systems. He authored ten books including "Social Science in the Making, Sitting in Judgment, "and "Crimes of the Middle Classes".

Waring is associate professor of sociology at Lehman College and the Graduate Center of the City University of New York.

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