corporate crime, http://www.anu.edu.au/fellows/jbraithwaite/_images/Subject/Corporate_Crime.gifI don’t pay a whole lot of attention to the mainstream media, but between that and school, there’s a lot of “stuff” that I know. Turns out a lot of it is wrong. A friend pointed me towards this article from AlterNet and I was pretty sure I wouldn’t read much of it when she told me it was about corporate crime. Well, I DID read it and you should too! (No worries, when you click it will open in a new window and I’ll still be here.)

Here are some of the FACTS that the news and my teachers never told me, and I pay pretty good attention to most things involving crime and prison:

Corporate crime inflicts far more damage on society than all street crime combined.

That includes frauds and swindles.

Corporate crime is often violent crime.

Recite this list of corporate frauds and people will immediately say to you: but you can’t compare street crime and corporate crime — corporate crime is not violent crime.

Not true.

Corporate crime is often violent crime.

The FBI estimates that, 16,000 Americans are murdered every year.

Compare this to the 56,000 Americans who die every year on the job or from occupational diseases such as black lung and asbestosis and the tens of thousands of other Americans who fall victim to the silent violence of pollution, contaminated foods, hazardous consumer products, and hospital malpractice.

How about these two?

 There are very few career prosecutors of corporate crime.

Most corporate crime prosecutors see their jobs as a stepping stone to greater things.

Here is their conclusion:

1. And the number one thing you should know about corporate crime?

Everyone is deserving of justice. So, question, debate, strategize, yes.

But if God-forbid you too are victimized by a corporate criminal, you too will demand justice.

We need a more beefed up, more effective justice system to deal with the corporate criminals in our midst.

So how do we change it? How do we get real equality?