Essay on Criminology
By Rita Goforth
July 22, 2013
Instructor Jack Tandy
When I think about organized crime and its very definition I immediately think of is the Italian Mafia, which has been portrayed in various articles, news casts, and historical culture and let’s not forget the many movies that have been made. This alone does not define what organized crime group are though I’m sure at one time it was the primary indicator for organized crime. Yet today this is not true at all and it would take multiple text books and research to explain it all because these groups have expanded so much.
As defined by (Jay S. Albanese) organized crime functions as a continuing enterprise that rationally works to …show more content…
One of the biggest characteristics of organized crime groups is the fact that no one acts alone and they do not usually act without the orders of another superior. Unlike people who commit crimes on their own or with a few other people these organized crime groups are made up of several people and there is a chain of command, for example, someone who is say new to this group cannot decide that they want to bring in a shipment container full of drugs to sell. These orders can only be carried down from “the boss”. Much like jobs that we all have today there is a chain of command as well, though our jobs do not necessarily require us to commit crime for the good of the company. While everyone in the group would benefit the so called “boss” is the main person to benefit from these acts that everyone else commits while keeping his hands clean and other usually taking the fall. It is my opinion that today’s technology has made it even easier for these organized crime groups to continue their business and even grow. Now instead of organized crime mainly referring to the Mafia, it now also refers to many other cultural organized crime groups like gangs i.e., bloods and crypts, alkeida, and the triads. So it is easy for me to see how these organized crime