When it comes to crime and punishment there is a gap between white collar crime and blue collar crime.
We have for example a killer who is the product of his environment who is sentenced to death but we know the killer was the product of crime which is a direct cause of white collar crime. In fact white collar crime is a catalyst for murder and other crimes that have a high frequency among the destitute and disenfranchised.
So why then, for example do we let people comit white collar crimes with a slap in the wrist when we know that one guy doing one white collar crime will inevitably lead to 15-100 murders and why do we so violently believe that punishing someone using a corporal system of punishment which is a direct evolution from slavery and actually increases even more violent crime as a statistical fact will work?
Well....society is not as functional as biology. As a society we refuse to take responsibility. We point the finger at the man who deals the blow but we never take responsibility for our direct contribution.
The reason is because we are subjective, biased, religious in our belief that immediate equals direct which is false.
A direct cause is one that is directly responsible for someone's death. A white collar crime is a direct cause for a blue collar crime but it is not an immediate cause.
This is why even the non-religious are religious and biased. It is impossible not to have a religion. If one is not religious in a spiritual sense, one suffers, at the very least, a sense of religious fervor in the socio political domain - worships beer, sports, and clothing or something or the other.
Sorry for the crap-state of my writing above...I am juggling four or five things at the moment.