Organized Crime in Our Times


  • Jay Albanese

Organized Crime in Our Times provides readers with a clear understanding of organized crime, including its definition and causes, how it is categorized under the law, models to explain its persistence, and the criminal justice response to organized crime, including investigation, prosecution, defense, and sentencing.

This book organizes information in a meaningful way, offering a comprehensive history of the Mafia in the United States; a legal analysis of the offenses that underlie organized crimes; specific attention to modern manifestations of organized crime activity, such as human smuggling, Internet crimes, and other transnational criminal operations; and the application of ethics to the study of organized crime. This edition includes new tables and figures, and special features on popular biographies and movies that tie to relevant content in the text. Appendices include a glossary and timeline on organized crime in the United States.

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Students in the criminal justice field.


Book information

  • Published: September 2010
  • ISBN: 978-1-4377-4453-8

Table of Contents

1. What Is Organized Crime?

2. Characteristic Organized Crimes I: Conspiracy, Provision of Illicit Goods and Services

3. Characteristic Organized Crimes II: Infiltration of Business, Extortion, and Racketeering

4. Causes of Organized Crime: Influences on Individuals

5. Paradigms of Organized Crime: Models of Organization

6. The Mafia: Facts and Myths

7. Changes in the Nature of Organized Crime: From Traditional to Modern

8. Transnational Organized Crime

9. Investigative Tools

10. Prosecution Strategies

11. Organizing a Criminal Defense

12. Sentencing Organized Crime Offenders


Timeline of Organized Crime in the United States