Controlling Organized Crime
L. Karina Watson
December 6, 2010
Controlling Organized Crime
Trying to control organized crime is obviously much easier to say than done. In the past hundred years, the development of organized crime has changed, as well the efforts of controlling it. By looking at the past crime families such as, the Sicilian Mafia, place them in retrospect of them being pledge in the most famous game of chess. Today, these old families may not be considered a big threat anymore, and definitely do not represent any fear in any of their neighborhoods (Lyman, Potter, 2007). In some way is believed that organized crime can originate from ones background, environment or location, type of personnel, and the number of individuals involved. Therefore, there have been many theories and principles used in every attempt to combat organized crime (Lyman, Potter, 2007). * As a modern society, organized crime has legitimate and illegal enterprises, considered in most cases a social institution. Leadership, because defined roles, and chains of command. As a social institution, 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 defined as “bad” (Morselli & Giguere, 2006). By comparing at the various structural similarities to other social organizations one can better interpret the movement and actions regardless of legality of what is committed as a result. Organized crime capitalized on market voids and profits from services of regular consumers (Lyman, Potter, 2007). What should be noted is that much of organized crimes are based solely in areas that are seen as morally inconceivable to a section of society that will then pass morally based laws against. Organized crime is now a diverse problem that reaches beyond traditional activities, such as contraband of illegal drugs, prostitution, human trafficking, firearms, and...
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