Suppose a corporation is convicted of a crime having a detection ratio of 1-in-10. Based on the passage, the author w...

on November 30, 2019

C and D

Why is C right and D incorrect?

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Ben on November 30, 2019

Hi Tomgbean, thanks for the question!

The author's view in this passage is that in order to properly penalize a company in terms of cost, the penalty should take into account the detection ratios in order to deter future crime (lines 34-39). However, while this would serve a proper punishment and deterrent from crime in monetary terms, this would not be a just punishment because it would likely force those businesses to close and put many people out of work (lines 44-51).

Putting these two together, we get answer choice C, which states that the author would be most likely to agree with a penalty that would deter future crime without forcing the company to go under.

Answer choice D does not reflect the author's stance that the penalty should not be so large as to force the company to go out of business and cause mass unemployment.

I hope this helps, please let me know if you have any other questions.