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Does punishment fit the crime? Some say no

Does punishment fit the crime? Some say no

by Rick Turoczy on September 25, 2005

The investing public, disgusted by the conduct of executives they trusted and still smarting from the market crash of 2000 to 2002, cheers the tough sentences, which are far harsher than those handed out to white-collar criminals in decades past. But some legal experts are starting to question whether the punishments fit the crimes.

These experts say they fear that public outrage, not rational legal thought, is what’s driving prosecutors to seek long sentences and judges to hand them out. They point out that some corporate criminals have received more prison time than people convicted of violent crimes like assault, rape and manslaughter.

Does punishment fit the crime? Some say no

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