Why not jail? : industrial catastrophes, corporate malfeasance, and government inaction / Rena Steinzor, University of Maryland, Francis King Carey School of Law.
New York, NY : Cambridge University Press, 2015.
ix, 283 pages : illustration ; 23 cm
Formatted Contents Note
Part I. The Status Quo: 1. Regulatory dysfunction; 2. White-collar crime today; 3. Cons and pros; Part II. The Lessons of Catastrophe: 4. The workplace; 5. The environment; 6. The public's health; Part III. Solutions: 7. Institutionalized recklessness; 8. Deferred prosecution agreements.
"The U.S. Department of Justice is under fire for failing to prosecute banks that caused the 2008 economic meltdown because they are too big to jail. Prosecutors have long neglected to hold corporate executives accountable for chronic mistakes that kill and injure workers and customers. This book, the first of its kind, analyzes five industrial catastrophes that have killed or sickened consumers and workers or caused irrevocable harm to the environment. From the Texas City refinery explosion to the Upper Big Branch mine collapse to the destruction of the Deepwater Horizon oil rig and extending to incidents of food and drug contamination that have killed or injured hundreds, the root causes of these preventable disasters include crimes of commission and omission. Although federal prosecutors have made a start on holding low-level managers liable, far more aggressive prosecution is appropriate as a matter of law, policy, and justice. Written in accessible and jargon-free language, this book recommends innovative interpretations of existing laws to elevate the prosecution of white-collar crime at the federal and state levels. Rena Steinzor is a professor of law at the University of Maryland's Francis King Carey School of Law. She is the president of the Center for Progressive Reform, a think tank composed of sixty working academics from universities across the country that is a nationally recognized source of research and opinion on public health, worker and consumer safety, and the environment"-- Provided by publisher.
Bibliography, etc. Note
Includes bibliographical references and index.
KF9350 .S74 2015
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