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A Case Control Study: White-Collar Defendants Compared With Defendants Charged With Other Nonviolent Theft

Came across an interesting article entitled A Case Control Study: White-Collar Defendants Compared With Defendants Charged With Other Nonviolent Theft from the March 2006 issue of the Journal of the American Academy of Psychiatry and the Law. 

The article reports the results of a study in which the authors examined the clinical, criminal, and sociodemographic characteristics of all white-collar crime defendants referred to the evaluation unit of a state center for forensic psychiatry.  The study ultimately compares the profiles of 70 embezzlers against the profiles of 73 defendants charged with other forms of nonviolent theft.  The embezzlers were found to have a higher likelihood of white race, more years of education, and a lower likelihood of substance abuse than the control group.

The complexity of the statistics is probably beyond most readers, but for those interested, you can access the full article here.

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