Environmental crime prosecutions in Ireland, 2004–2014

Lynch, Michael J., Stretesky, Paul and Long, Michael A. (2019) Environmental crime prosecutions in Ireland, 2004–2014. International Journal of Comparative and Applied Criminal Justice, 43 (4). pp. 277-293. ISSN 0192-4036

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Official URL: https://doi.org/10.1080/01924036.2019.1615520


Despite increased interest in environmental crime and green criminology, few studies address the use of criminal penalties in response to environmental crimes. A handful of published examples employ data from the United States or the Flanders court system, and little is known about how other nations punish environmental violations. Addressing this issue, the current study examined the use of criminal environmental penalties in Ireland from 2004 to 2014. Few criminal environmental cases (N = 147) and few environmental offenders (N = 154) were represented in these data over time. Consistent with the expectations of green/environmental crime researchers, mean penalties for environmental violations, which in Ireland only include fines and investigative cost recovery penalties, were rather small. Unlike in the US or Flanders, the majority of offenders were corporate offenders as opposed to individuals. Contextual factors related to Ireland’s economy, history and use of criminal sanctions should be used to interpret these factors, and prevent generalising from these data.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: Environmental crimes, environmental enforcement, environmental punishment, environmental social control, green criminology, Ireland
Subjects: L200 Politics
L300 Sociology
L400 Social Policy
M200 Law by Topic
Department: Faculties > Arts, Design and Social Sciences > Social Sciences
Depositing User: Elena Carlaw
Date Deposited: 06 Jun 2019 09:06
Last Modified: 31 Jul 2021 13:33
URI: http://nrl.northumbria.ac.uk/id/eprint/39520

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