white collar crime - According to Sutherland's theory of...

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According to Sutherland’s theory of Differential Association, poor people are not the only individuals that commit crime. Crime, according to Sutherland, is everywhere; this includes not only crime on streets committed by people of lower class, but crime in offices committed by people of higher class as well. This concept is known as occupational crime: crimes committed by professionals in their facility as professionals. There has been crime in the course of occupation for a long time, but it wasn’t brought to anyone’s attention until Sutherland’s theory of Differential Association. This theory along with many others, including Michael Gottfredson and Travis Hirschi’s self- control theory, give many explanations to why crime is committed in the course of occupation. Dr. Joseph Shaw Jones, a Gastroenterologist, battled a drug and alcohol addiction, which soon began to affect his career. On numerous occasions, Jones would show up late to operations in a state of disarray. His eyes were glassy, speech slurred, and his hands would tremble. In 1989, the Medical Board was aware of Jones addiction to drugs but still allowed him to obtain a license to practice, as long as he meant specific terms to help treat his addiction. A few years later, in 1993, the Medical board found that Jones had violated these specific terms to abstain from the use of drugs and alcohol. Media reports later showed that Jones previously tampered with drugs meant for patients to feed his drug addiction. Nurses even stated, “they heard a number of patients screaming during procedures.” In 1998 Nancy Rodriguez, a woman from Loudoun County was recommended to Jones for a colonoscopy. Rodriguez claimed that during the procedure, Jones had switched the pain medication, causing her to wake in the middle of the procedure with a “sharp pain.” Rodriguez stated that she made Jones aware of her discomfort and he did nothing to ease her pain. Jones and Rodriguez ended up settling the case at an undisclosed amount, and Jones continued to practice. In 1999, Jones was discovered using drugs meant for patients while performing colonoscopies, he was fined $10,000 but was still able to keep his license. However, in 2001, only after pleading guilty to drug possession charges in a Federal Court, did the Medical board suspend Jones’ license to practice and sentenced to 30 months in a federal prison. Jones was forced to give up his medical license for a period of three years. Yet after two years and two months, Jones was given his medical license back by the Virginia Board of Medicine. Jones’ multiple accounts of malpractice and drug addiction are definitely
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This note was uploaded on 04/09/2008 for the course GOVT 347 taught by Professor Green during the Fall '07 term at Christopher Newport University.

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