Controlling Organized Crime

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Controlling Organized Crime

CJA/393 Criminal Organizations
June 1, 2010

Controlling Organized Crime
In this paper, I will identify the problems presented and the various relationships established by organized crime. I will also describe the legal limitations associated with combating organized crime, and include a critique of major federal laws and strategies that support this effort. Lastly, I will suggest a solution to control organized crime by discussing and evaluating the effectiveness of organized crime prosecutions. The organized crime legal definition is defined as a widespread group of professional criminals, who rely on illegal activities as a way of life and whose activities are coordinated and controlled through some form of centralized syndicate (Webster’s, 2010). We just have to remember the definition of organized crime is different from state to state, agency to agency, and from federal to state. Finding one specific definition to work for all might be somewhat difficult; because the definition is based on whom, what, or where one might be referring to. Trying to control organized crime is plainly much easier said than done. During the last 100 years, the development of organized crime has changed, as well as the move toward controlling it. For example, let’s look at the past crime families from many years ago, and place them in retrospect of them being pawns in the most famous game of chess. These old families may not be considered a big threat anymore, and definitely do not present any fear in any of their neighborhoods. In comparison to the early 1920’s, the repression of organized crime has developed into a science. However, I do believe organized crime can originate from ones background, the environment or location, type of personnel, and the number of personnel involved. There have been many theories used in every attempt to combat organized crime. Organized crime prospers in the deprived urban...
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