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“The higher you fly, the further you fall”: white-collar criminals, “special sensitivity” and the impact of conviction in the United Kingdom

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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.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)628-650
Number of pages23
JournalVictims and Offenders
Issue number5
Early online date11 Dec 2017
Publication statusPublished - Jun 2018


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    Rights statement: This is an Accepted Manuscript of an article published by Taylor & Francis in Victims & Offenders on 11/12/2017, available online:

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