Controlling Organized Crime

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Controlling Organized Crime Paper
University of Phoenix
Cynthia Butler
CJA/384
March 11, 2012

This paper will focus on how to control organized crime from a perspective of different principles and theories. In addition, this paper will identify the problems presented and the various relationships established by organized crime. Furthermore, a description of the legal limitations associated with combating organized crime will be examined, including a critique of major federal laws and strategies that support this effort. Finally, a realistic solution will be provided to control organized crime by evaluating the effectiveness of organized crime prosecutions. According to Lyman (2007) organized crime is an organization that is made up of criminals that operate with legitimate businesses and political entities. The crime organizations operate off of the premise of the main rule of economics, which is supply and demand. They supply people with things that are illegal such as prostitution, drugs, or money that are at high interest rates. The demands for these items are high, due to the fact that they are illegal in the United States. If drugs were not illegal, criminal organizations would probably not be involved with it because anyone would be able to obtain it. There are also theories in organized criminal theories that help with the understanding of criminal organizations. According to Lyman (2007) there are three theories of organized crime that help in the understanding of criminal organizations. The first theory is the Alien Conspiracy theory, which blames outside influences and outsiders for the rise of organized crime in American society. Second, the Rational Choice theory is when a person weighs the pros and cons of living a certain lifestyle; in addition they also know what the consequences of their actions are as well. Finally, the deterrence theory is one that believes that...
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