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Why Not Jail?: Industrial Catastrophes, Corporate Malfeasance, And Government Inaction

Why Not Jail?: Industrial Catastrophes, Corporate Malfeasance, And Government Inaction

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Rena Steinzor
Cambridge University Press, 3/5/2015
EAN 9781107633940, ISBN10: 110763394X

Paperback, 294 pages, 22.8 x 15.2 x 1.6 cm
Language: English

The US 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, 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.

Part I. The Status Quo
1. Regulatory dysfunction
2. White-collar crime today
3. Cons and pros
Part II. The Lessons of Catastrophe
4. Occupational disasters
5. Environmental disaster
6. Public health
Part III. Solutions
7. A guilty mind
8. Deferred prosecution agreements.