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University of Pittsburgh's Sandra Jordan Writes the Book on White Collar Crime

Sandra Jordan is an associate professor in Pitt’s School of Law and coauthor of the newly published White Collar Crime: Cases, Materials, and Problems (LexisNexis, 2005).

White collar crime used to be defined, she notes, as "a crime committed by a person of respectability and high social status in the course of his occupation.”  However, Jordan explains, this definition fails to take into account embezzlement by bank tellers lacking “high social status.”

For a long time, there was a disparity between sentences for white collar crimes and more violent crimes.  As Jordan notes it used to be that “if someone walks into the bank with a gun and a piece of paper that says, ‘Give me your money,’ that person is likely to only get a couple hundred dollars because of all the protections in place. But a person behind the counter can embezzle millions of dollars. Yet, the robber or street criminal was often punished more harshly than the embezzler.”

Read more about Jordan's book and her insights into evolving attitdues towards white collar crime.

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