Crime and Delinquency Crime: behavior that violates the criminal law and is punishable by a fine, jail term, or other negative sanctions. 2 categories of criminal law: Misdemeanors: minor crime, punishment is fine or <1 year in jail (ex: public drunkenness) Felonies: serious crimes, punishment is >1 year in jail or even death. (ex: murder, rape) Delinquency: when someone under 18 commits a crime or violates engages in an antisocial act.
Occupational and Corporate Crime Occupational (White-Collar) Crime Illegal activities committed by people in the course of their employment or normal business activity Examples: employee theft, embezzlement, soliciting bribes Corporate Crime Illegal acts committed by corporate employees on behalf of the corporation with its support. Examples: unlawful labor practices, price fixing, deceptive advertising Direct losses from corporate crime are immense and cost significant amounts of tax payer money in comparison to losses from street property crime