Social Organized Crime Perspective Paper

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Many could argue that organized crime takes place in our society because of the circumstances in which our society has chosen to exist. It could have been started because of rules, regulations, and laws that we have placed upon ourselves that not every person agrees with. It could be a problem because several of the people within our society choose to live differently because they feel they can. Whatever the logic behind the choice organized crime does exist in our society and has for quite some time. Discuss and explain the term social institution, as it applies to organized crime. Organized crime can be seen from a variety of viewpoints, in many cases criminal justice professionals tend to look at crime under one all encompassing umbrella definition of "bad." By looking at the various structural similarities to other social institutions one can in fact better interpret the movements and actions regardless of legality of what is committed as a result. "The legitimate market's failure to serve sizable consumer populations is responsible for the existence of most vice operations. As a consequence, organized crime capitalizes on market voids and profits from services to these consumers." (Lyman, Potter, 2007)In this regards the illegal side of things is actually quite similar to the legal side in that they look for a marketable opportunity and exploit that, due to various moral based laws affecting personal choice there is a marketable base for, prostitution, drugs, and gambling. The point we can see that within the Organized Crime world the methods of operation are very similar to that of a modern corporate interest or government. What should be noted is that much of organized crime is based solely in areas that are seen as morally inconceivable too a section of society that will than pass morally based laws against "vices" such as drugs, prostitution, and gambling. The support base for these activities and as a result organized crime is than the people who do...
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