Kimberly Greenlees ACF Abstract FY12

The Need (Still) to Offer White Collar Crime Courses in Criminal Justice Curriculum

2012 Academy of Criminal Justice Sciences (ACJS) Annual Meeting: Sustainable Justice

White-collar crime costs more economic harm then all street and property crime combined. The scandals of Enron, Martha Stewart, Worldcom and Bernie Madoff have received some media attention, but many go ignored.   If white-collar crimes do exist and cost taxpayers billions of dollars then it would make sense that these crimes are taught to future criminal justice practitioners in the various criminal justice departments in the United States.  Yet less than 10% of the criminal justice departments across the United States have a dedicated course on white-collar crime.  This paper examines this issue and gives several reasons why such courses are needed.

Kimberly Greenlees and Debra Ross

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