University of Phoenix
Criminal Organization/CJA 393
June 1, 2009
The focus of this paper is to give in-depth evolutionary analysis of La Cosa Nostra. In addition, this paper will focus on the rationale of La Cosa Nostra’s organization, growth, and current impact on society. Evolution of Organized Crime
Throughout history, crime has been a way of life. Organized criminal behavior thrives on servicing and providing goods that are prohibited by law, but are in high demand. Organized crime increased because law enforcement lacked the resources necessary to carry on investigations and seeking prosecution against organized crime figures. However, organized crime succeeded in the United States way before the country was obsessed with the threat of the Mafia. The Mafia was as one point in time a secret society, however, today its customs have been distorted. Their family traditions they once held so dearly have been lost along with their code of honor, the Omerta. Ever since the Mafia started, these organized crime groups they have changed their viewpoint from protecting ones reputation and family, to one of obtaining money, control,and family. The only reason this type of danger came to light was because in the nineteenth century Americans became suspicious of all the immigrants that came into the country and they believed that instead of embracing the country these immigrants would only wanted to exploit it with criminal activities. Since law enforcement was focusing on criminal activities instead of these criminal organizations, La Cosa Nostra flourished and was in full force by the end of the 1960’s. In addition, in that same year Italian bosses were employing local African American and Hispanic crooks to help manage its illegal kingdom. Theses organized crime groups have been able to maintain their positions by using violence, the threat of violence, corruption of...