Controlling Organized Crime
February 18, 2013
Controlling Organized Crime
Many years ago people where able to move away from organized crime in order to keep their family safe, but today there is nowhere else to go. Organized crime is everywhere in the world and it is only getting worse. There is so much money and drug laundering, along with bank heist, robberies, and violence going on from the different organized crime groups that we do not know where organized crime starts and where the organized crime ends. “Organized crime threatens peace and human security, violates human rights and undermines economic, social, cultural, political and civil development of societies around the world” (UNODC, 2013). When there are a lot of criminal activities going on in an area the people who live there become on edge. People, who have lived there for so long, then want to move and the value of the property starts to go down. Members of the community are often threatened or intimidated by organized crime groups, which keeps them from feeling safe in their own home. Another thing is that when a person is in an organized crime group and they have conflict with rivals, their families often become the targets and victims of vicious crimes. There are even people who are forced into this life style by members of certain groups.
Organized crime has managed to bring many organizations together that would have never been considered at one point. There are both good and bad relationships that have been established. Within the good relationships “the FBI is involved with the Italian American Working Group, which meets every year. The group addresses organized crime, money laundering, international terrorism, illegal immigration cooperating witnesses, drug smuggling, art theft, extradition matters, and cigarette smuggling” (FBI, 2011). On the other hand, there are often members of law enforcements that work with several of the organized crime groups. They are often paid by them so that they will not get into trouble. Many of the organized crime leaders have police, judges, politicians, and sometimes even congress men working for them. It is only ensure that everything that the leaders or the member do will be over looked if one of the leaders or members is ever caught. At the same time, working with those high authorities help things to move a lot easier for the organized crime groups. “Organized crime results in the establishment of relationships of professional criminals” (Gonzalez, 2010). The criminal organizations can be reserved as institutes of crime. It is over these groups that proficient criminals are propagated. That is why even after one has been detained, astandby is made fast. These proficient criminals remaindrafting more people into their groups and that is why these feloniousgroups’set-ups continue growing day after day. The doers of organized offense are also in nearbycooperation with fellows of the community. These close relationships with the public are also reason as to why day by day it gets hard to detect organized criminals.
Organized crime is a current challenge to the federal as well as state law enforcers. There are various legal limitations which are associated with the combating of organized crime. Prosecution of these criminals is difficult because of how effectively these organizations are and the technical skills that these syndicates of crime have. Further, it is because of the use of transactions of business which are complex and these seemingly appear to be normal operations of business (Miller, 2010). Because of this, and their daily operations insulation, the criminal organizations are able to conceal their illegal ventures.In 1970 a law to combat organized crime was enacted and this is referred to as the RICO (racketeer influenced and corrupt organizations) act (U.S. Department of Justice). According to this enacted law, one is charged if...
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