All of the engineering for VW happens in Germany and the US Justice Department has no jurisdiction there which will complicate them putting someone in jail.
Also, apparently it must be OK if cars kill people as no one has demanded that someone from GM, Ford, Takata or other companies that cause fatalities be put in jail. But if you screw up emissions and the executive management is clueless (which most executive management is about the details of most companies) - send them straight to jail!
Yes, CEOs and other executive managers should be completely aware of what is going on in the company they manage. However, I have never seen that at any of the large "Fortune 500" companies that I have had experience with (which is quite a few -- especially automotive)./p?
This is why basic income is inevitable.
Basic income is not inevitable. If the teabaggers get their way, the unemployed poverty stricken people will be ignored and thus "reduce the surplus population".
A physicist is an atom's way of knowing about atoms. -- George Wald