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    Proceeds of crime: a look at the legal landscape

    Hutchinson, Steven (2010) Proceeds of crime: a look at the legal landscape. Frontline Security 5 (2), pp. 20-23.

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    “Financial and material gains from criminal activity should not be enjoyed by criminals. ­Not even after they have served prison terms.” This is the foundational premise of ‘proceeds of crime’ laws in Canada, the United States, and the UK. In general, any proceed or material benefit derived from most criminal offences listed in the Criminal Code of Canada can be deemed a ‘proceed of crime’ and be subject to forfeiture or seizure by the Courts. ­’Proceeds of crime’ laws have been devised in many Western democracies to provide a legal mechanism through which the government, on behalf of the citizenry, can recoup or ‘seize’ material proceeds acquired through criminal activity, and return them to the state and society as a whole (from whom, it is argued, they were stolen in the first place).


    Item Type: Article
    School: Birkbeck Faculties and Schools > Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences > School of Social Sciences
    Depositing User: Sarah Hall
    Date Deposited: 05 Apr 2016 11:51
    Last Modified: 02 Aug 2023 17:23


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