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By David Weisburd

Reports of the legal occupation to this point have involved in universal criminals and road crime; criminologists have neglected the careers of white-collar offenders. David Weisburd and Elin Waring provide the following the 1st precise exam of the felony careers of individuals convicted of white-collar crimes. Weisburd and Waring discover a few amazing findings, which dissatisfied universal knowledge approximately white-collar criminals. Their findings illustrate the lost emphasis of prior scholarship in concentrating on the explicit differences among criminals and noncriminals.

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11 Turning to official measures of criminality, we decided to focus on arrests for two main reasons. First, although we cannot determine when actual criminal behavior occurs, the best measure is generally one which comes closest in time to offending (Maltz, 1984). , 1986). Arrests are closer in time to the actual criminal events than other official measures of offending. Using arrests as an 10 11 Because the sample includes offenders convicted over a three-year period, the follow-up time for each offender varies.

See Geis, 1992; Shover, 1999). The question is whether it is useful to begin with an understanding of white-collar crime that allows us to speak not only of the rich and powerful white-collar criminals, but also of those offenders much closer to the middle of our society who have recently become the subject of scholarly attention. A simple response to this question would note that were we to narrow the scope of white-collar crime research to the most elite white-collar criminals, we would exclude the bulk of those people who are convicted for so-called whitecollar crimes.

DIMENSIONS OF OFFICIAL CRIMINAL CAREERS 37 the sample were rearrested sometime after our data collection was completed. The general term for this problem is censoring. The problem of censoring may be less serious in our sample than in many common crime samples because the end of data collection occurred more than ten years after the criterion offense. At that point, the average age of people in the sample was close to 50. Nonetheless, some of the offenders may have recidivated after this date. 12 Our white-collar crime sample once again departs from common images of criminality.

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