State Crimes

  • Created by: joy.yuma
  • Created on: 10-04-18 13:03

Green and Ward (2012) - define state crime as 'illegal or deviant activities perpetrated by, or with the complicity of, state agencies.' 

Why could it be deemed the most serious form of crime ?

1) The scale of state crime 

The state has enormous power which gives it the potential to inflict harm on a huge scale.

2) The state = source of law

  • Can conceal its crimes and evade punishment 
  • Undermines the system of justice and public faith in it 

McLaughin (2012) : 4 categories of state crime

  • Political e.g censorship 
  • Crimes by security and police forces e.g genocide, torture
  • Economic crimes e.g violations of health and safety laws 
  • Social and cultural crimes e.g institutional racism 

Case studies :

Genocide in Rwanda

War Crimes 

  • Illegal wars - e.g US-led wars on terror in Iraq
  • Crimes committed during war or its aftermath e.g torture…


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