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  • 04.26.17

This white-collar crime map will have you clutching your 401ks a little tighter when you see a finance guy on the street

White-collar crime doesn’t get much attention in the USA (although, ironically, it gets quite a bit of attention on the USA Network). Back in 2015, researchers at Syracuse University found that American prosecutions of financial and other white-collar crimes were at their lowest levels in 20 years. As The Atlantic points out, only one banker went to jail after tanking the economy during the 2008 financial crisis. Aside from Bernie Madoff, it’s hard to even name another white-collar criminal. 

This stands in stark contrast to criminal prosecutions in the U.S., particularly prosecutions of poor people of color, which have resulted in what the Washington Post calls the highest incarceration rate in the world. 

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