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Sentencing for White-Collar Crimes Varies Widely

Sentencing guidelines encourage harsh penalties for white-collar corporate defendants who cause big losses to investors. But a wide disparity exists in the prison terms handed down, with many white-collar criminals receiving relatively light terms. Hear NPR's Scott Horsley.

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Scott Horsley is NPR's Chief Economics Correspondent. He reports on ups and downs in the national economy as well as fault lines between booming and busting communities.