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When stealing, go for millions? Quantitative analysis of white-collar crime sentencing in Poland.

Czarnocki, Kazimierz and Janulek, Dawid and Olejnik, Łukasz (2019): When stealing, go for millions? Quantitative analysis of white-collar crime sentencing in Poland.

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Abstract

The aim of this article is to analyse the length of custodial sentences for white-collar crimes in the context of Polish criminal policy. The analyses, based on the new and original data set obtained from case files, showed the non-linear dependency between the custodial sentence and the damage caused by a given fraud. From the perspective of the criminal law and economics, such a non-linearity may generate incentives for committing frauds on a bigger scale, because as the scale increases the relative severity of punishment decreases. Moreover, the gender bias in sentencing for the white-collar crimes in Poland was proven and in such cases women not only did receive lower custodial sentences, but also those ruled by female judges were lower.

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