Orange Suit, White Collar

A finding that may surprise you:

In the forthcoming December 2013 issue of Justice Quarterly, Michael Benson and his co-researchers argue that white-collar offenders adapt to prison just as well as other types of offenders, and in some categories, do even better.

One reason they adapt:

“Prisons are bureaucracies that have rules and regulations,” Benson says. “People from middle-class and white-collar backgrounds understand rules and bureaucracies. I did an interview for my dissertations where I talked to a small number of white collar offenders. Before they went they were scared to death. They imagined all these bad things happening. Once they get there, after the initial shock passed, they realized it’s just a big organization. Follow the rules, be polite to people, don’t go outside your space, and you’ll be fine.”