Controlling Organized Crime

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IntroductionOrganized crime has become a problem among U.S. citizens since the 1900's. The Mafia was the first to show its strengths of power and manipulation among citizens and business of New York. Since the rise of the Mafia, other criminal organizations have surfaced using their power to corrupt personal within business for the gain of finance and political strength. Everyday citizens living among society have been tormented by smaller criminal organizations working pipelines for drugs and weapons. The question now, is how can criminal organizations be controlled? This paper will identify the problems presented and the various relationships established by organized crime. It will describe the legal limitations associated with combating organized crime, including a critique of major federal laws and strategies that support this effort. This paper will end with a suggestion of a realistic solution to control organized crime by discussing and evaluating the effectiveness of organized crime prosecutions.

"Organized crime are acts carried out over a long or indeterminate period, through the abuse of commercial structures, the use of violence or intimidation, and having an effect on political life, the media, public administration, justice or the economy" idea connection (2009). Criminal organizations work to collect money via illegal activities instilling fear among society and living on corruption. There are four types of criminal organizations, the criminal gangs, the criminal syndicates, the criminal rackets, and the criminal political machine. Criminal gangs are mainly involved in armed robbery, kidnapping, and drug trafficking. They prey on helpless individuals like the elderly, business owners who haven't the knowledge to protect themselves or small children who simply don't understand what's going on. They profit from gaining assets from them while instilling fear at the same time. The criminal syndicates focus mainly on the population offering damaging goods like services like drugs, sex,