Longer Sentences for White-Collar Offenders

Study says corporate criminals get more time in a post-Sarbanes-Oxley world.


In a new paper, Peter Henning, a professor at Wayne State University Law School and a former federal prosecutor, examines the Sarbanes-Oxley Act's impact on sentences for white-collar offenders.

From the abstract:

The Sarbanes-Oxley Act [marked] a change in the sentencing atmospherics for corporate crime that propelled judges to give out sentences that were unthinkable even five years earlier.

This article considers how the Sarbanes-Oxley Act changed the approach to sentencing of white collar defendants involved in corporate crimes. It uses a hypothetical case to illustrate how sentences under the Guidelines have tripled from what they would have been just a few years earlier.

View full abstract here.

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