Corporate Punishment

Slapper, Gary (2010). Corporate Punishment. Journal of Criminal Law, 74(3) pp. 181–184.




This article critically examines the new guidelines on how to punish corporations for manslaughter. It is a widely shared principle that the worse the crime, the worse should be the punishment.In general, a serious crime entails a serious sentence. In light of the principle that the worse the crime, the worse the punishment, one might expect that unlawfully killing people would be among the most seriously punished offences. It certainly is where individuals commit murder or manslaughter, but where a corporation is found guilty of manslaughter it is now not certain that the culprit would, under a new sentencing guideline, receive an appropriately serious sentence.

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