A white collar crime is a non-violent and financially motivated crime that is typically committed either by an individual, a business, or governmental professionals. White collar crime is often committed by those in positions that are trusted and have authority. If they are convicted, these people may end up in “white-collar prisons.” The white collar prisons have many differences from the traditional correctional facility. White collar prisons differ from traditional correctional facilities in many ways. In contrast to the high walls and barbed-wire of maximum-security jails, white-collar prisons have a more relaxed environment, which is similar to a minimum-security facility. This is due to the fact that most of those who are incarcerated at these institutions commit crimes which are not violent and purely financial.
Inmates in white-collar prisons are often able to access amenities not found in normal correctional facilities. This may include well-maintained grass, recreational equipment, and a more relaxed routine. This is because it’s believed that white collar criminals, who don’t pose a serious threat to the society, will be able better to recover in a more relaxed environment. White collar prisons can be misleading as they may give the impression of lenient punishments for those who are convicted. White collar crimes, such as those involving large amounts of money or actions that cause significant financial harm to the victim, can result in lengthy prison terms. Some notable cases, like the Enron scandal and the Bernie Madoff Ponzi Scheme, saw individuals sentenced for lengthy prison sentences despite relatively comfortable conditions in white collar facilities.
Critics say that white collar prisons are more lenient because they reflect a disparity between the treatment of blue-collar and white-collar criminals. Some claim that these conditions are not as effective as deterrents for white collar criminals. They argue that the prospect of incarceration within a less restrictive atmosphere is not as frightening as harsh conditions in traditional prisons. Conclusion: White collar prisons house people convicted of financially motivated, non-violent crimes. Although these prisons may be more comfortable than maximum-security facilities, the severity for white collar crimes still remains a controversial topic. Discussions surrounding the use and consequences of these prisons show the importance of a nuanced response to financial crimes in the criminal justice system.