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Vol 21 No 9 Sept/Oct 2016

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Goode on Commercial Law

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

ISBN13: 9781107633940
Published: April 2015
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Country of Publication: UK
Format: Paperback
Price: £19.99
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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.

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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.