Date of Award


Degree Type


Degree Name

Master of Science



First Advisor

James F. Hodgson, Ph.D.

Second Advisor

Kenneth B. Perkins, Ph.D.

Third Advisor

William Burger, Ph.D.


With the focus of research and media attention on the "crimes in the streets", it perhaps appears that there are no "crimes in the suites". However , according to Marshall Clinard( 1983 , 15), between the years of 1970 and 1980, 115 Fortune 500 corporations were convicted of at least one serious crime . In one case the Hooker Chemicals and Plastic Corporation dumped toxic chemicals in a canal in Niagara Falls from 1942 until 1953 . (Klinkenborg 1991 , 71) The total amount of chemicals which were dumped in this canal, known as the Love Canal , was estimated to be 21 ,800 tons . (Klinkenborg 1991 , 71) Included in this was "as much dioxin as fell upon Vietnam in the form of Agent Orange ." (Klinkenborg 1991 , 71) Though corporations may not appear to be involved in criminal behavior, corporations do become involved in crime and are capable of tremendous harm .



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