The resilience of some high profile white collar criminals in the media gaze after prison may lead some to conclude, particularly as some research also supports this notion, that this group of offenders generally manage well after conviction. Research in this area is, however, small and largely American. This paper seeks to add to this small body of research by offering findings on the impact of conviction on 17 UK convicted white collar criminals after completion of their sentence. It provides a unique insight into the consequences of conviction, showing that although there were some offenders who did experience limited impact and coped well, there were also a significant group who suffered a decline in status, financial losses, negative media coverage, relationship and mental health problems to name some. The paper argues more research is needed on this group and their needs as they are often neglected by the criminal justice system.
- white collar offenders
- special sensitvity