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  1. Introduction.
  2. Statement of the Problem.
  3. Hypothesis.
  4. Limitations/Assumptions.
  5. Importance of the Study.
  6. Literature Review.
    1. White Collar Crime Defined.
    2. Perceptions of the White Collar Criminal.
  7. White Collar Crime and the Media.
  8. Methodology.
  9. Procedure.

In recent years, corporate scandals such as those that occurred at Enron and WorldCom have brought a more focused spotlight on the issue of white-collar crime. Although white-collar crime has remained a pervasive part of social discourse throughout the course of the twentieth century, the presence of this phenomenon appears to have been exacerbated in recent years because of media attention. As a direct result of greater media attention, it seems as if harsher punishments for white-collar crime are now being handed down. Where once corporate executives and educated professionals could simply get away with white collar crimes, focused attention on those that commit these offenses has create a larger social climate in which white collar crime is not accepted.
Statement of the Problem
Arguably, the contention that while collar crime is not as socially acceptable as it was two of three decades ago is one that carries with it notable ramifications for understanding the evolution of both society and the criminal justice system in the United States.

[...] It is these specific ambiguities that have made it difficult for scholars to delineate a clear definition of the white-collar criminal. Perceptions of the White Collar Criminal Clearly, the challenges that have developed when it comes to defining white- collar crime are reflective of the social attitudes that have been developed about this subject. With this in mind, it is now pertinent to consider how social attitudes toward white-collar crime have changed and how these attitudes have impacted developing discourse on this topic. [...]

[...] By matching this with the sentences that have been handed down in white collar criminal cases, it will be possible to effectively relate the severity of the sentences to the public's attitude with respect to this issue. In the end a historic timeline for evaluating white-collar criminal activity and social response will be created. While this research will provide notable insight into the development of society and the criminal justice system, it is hoped that this data will be utilized for further investigation into quantitative aspects of the topic. [...]

[...] Despite what appears to be a high level of social tolerance when comes to reporting and addressing the issue of white collar crimes, scholars do assert that public opinion about these types of crimes are changing. ?Public apathy and tolerance of fraud from years past is now becoming a burning resolve to prosecute individuals and entities that engage in fraud and theft? (Weishaar. 38). This change in attitude appears to be spurred by the realization that white-collar crimes create notable social inequities that favor one individual or a small group of individuals. [...]

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