Organized Crime

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Organized Crime
By Patrick Grant
Kaplan University

CJ350-03
Mitchell Sowell
Due April 9, 2013

In the United States of America, Hollywood has made billions of dollars with movies about organized crime. Movie producers are keen on the sense of the public’s infatuation of mob or mafia movies which depicts organized crime. Blockbuster hits such as The Godfather, Good Fellas, Casino and Scarface has mesmerized movie goers for years. The fact is organized crime in America has a deep and violent history. Massive murders, a lot of money, police and government corruption has been the heartbeat of organized crime in this country for decades. Let’s examine the history of organized crime in America.

According to the FBI, organized crime is defined as “any group having some manner of a formalized structure whose primary objective is to obtain money to illegal activities. Some groups maintain their position through the use of actual or threatened violence, corrupt public officials, graft, extortion, and generally have a significant impact in the people in their locales, region, or the country as a whole.” (Abadinsky, 2009) According to Abadinsky, organized crime is limited to an exclusive membership, runs off a hierarchical rank structure, does not look to make any political statements or goals and is based off a subculture unique to others. In organized crime, membership can be solely based on race, ethnic background and family. The primary objective in organized crime is to make money. Criminal organizations will stop at nothing to accomplish economic success. Murder, loansharking, extortion, illegal gambling, sex trafficking, prostitution, union fraud and drug trafficking are some of the crimes associated with organized crime.

Organized crime has been around for many years United States of America. Before the 18th amendment was passed in 1920, which was the start of Prohibition, organized crime groups in America had always tried to seek monetary success from...
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