Is There Really a Need For a Registry of Those Who Commit White Collar Crimes?
Date:  03-19-2015

Utah, which also has a questionable porn registry, thinks so
Those convicted of a sex offense may not the only ones forced to register as a criminal and have their names, photos and personal information published on a website for all to see—at least in Utah.

In some states registries have popped up for those convicted of a drug crime, or arson, and Utah even has a pornography registry, according to the New York Times. But, a registry for those who convicted of white-color crimes? Legislators in Utah believe there is a great need for one.

The white-collar registry bill was passed by Utah’s Legislature and is only waiting for the governor to sign it. Apparently white-collar crime is a huge problem in Utah, but it is unclear what a registry for those who commit fraud or other financial crimes will do to deter further monetary crimes. Critics of the registry contend the registry seems like it is more of a way to embarrass people convicted of white-collar crimes than a best practice to reduce future white-collar crimes.

The Times reports that the new registry will contain names and photos of people convicted of securities fraud, mortgage fraud, and money-laundering going back to 2005. Additionally, the Times stated, for a first offense a person will be on the registry for 10 years, and someone who commits a third offense will have a permanent place on the registry. However, by paying restitution to a victim one’s face will disappear from the registry, which seems to be a form of white-collar crime balckmail.

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