Gender and "Other People's Money": An Analysis of White-Collar Offender Sentencing

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Although the female share of white-collar crime arrests (e.g., fraud, forgery, and embezzlement) continues to increase, little is known about the nature of women's involvement in these offenses, or the extent to which the legal treatment of white-collar offenders differs by gender. Using national survey data on employee crime, the present research addresses these voids in the literature. Consistent with prior research, women's roles in fraud offending are restricted by their positions in the organizational hierarchy. In support of the focal concerns perspective, results show that the decision to incarcerate and length of sentence are primarily shaped by indicators of offender blameworthiness. Findings reported here contribute to the literature on gender and white-collar crime, and also extend the growing body of focal concerns research to a previously unexplored sentencing context.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)326-344
Number of pages19
JournalWomen and Criminal Justice
Issue number4
StatePublished - Oct 1 2013


  • focal concerns
  • fraud
  • gender
  • sentencing
  • white-collar crime

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Gender Studies
  • Law


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