Organized Crime in Our Times, Sixth Edition, discusses the nature, history, and theories of organized crime, along with the criminal justice response. It offers an assessment of the investigation, prosecution, defense, and sentencing of organized criminals. It also reviews alternative futures in the prevention of organized crime. The book features 12 chapters covering the definition of organized crime; the way it is categorized under law; the individual causes of organized crime; models to explain its persistence; the history of the Mafia, Presidential investigations, and nontraditional group; and investigation, prosecution, defense, and sentencing of organized crime suspects, defendants, and offenders. Each chapter includes critical thinking exercises that help students apply and evaluate concepts to actual case examples; a brief summary of an organized crime biography; and a summary of a film on organized crime. Students will come away with a better understanding of organized crime, and an improved ability to apply the important principles of organized crime to new situations and to anticipate consequences for the future.

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Acknowledgments Dedication Introduction 1 What Is Organized Crime? The Fascination with Organized Crime Defining Organized Crime Similarities and Differences between Organized Crime and White-Collar Crimes Terrorism and Organized Crime Typology of Organized Crime Critical Thinking Exercise 1.1: The Case of Selling a High School Football Player Typology of Organized Criminals Ethnicity Organization of Crime Groups Gender and Organized Crime How Much Organized Crime Is There? The Remainder of This Book Critical Thinking Exercise 1.2: The Case of an Internet Stock Fraud Organized Crime Biography: Gaspipe: Confessions of a Mafia Boss Organized Crime at the Movies: The Godfather References to Chapter 1 2 Characteristic Organized Crimes I: Conspiracy and Provision of Illicit Goods and Services Legal Definitions of Organized Crimes Conspiracy Do Marijuana Purchases Suffice for Liability? Can a Single Cocaine Transaction Be Linked to a Conspiracy? Critical Thinking Exercise 2.1: The Case of Babies and Cocaine Smuggling How Much Is Required Beyond a Criminal Agreement? Can One Withdraw from a Conspiracy by Simply Walking Away? Summarizing the Important Elements of Conspiracy Critical Thinking Exercise 2.2: The Case of Murder for Hire Provision of Illicit Goods: Drugs and Stolen Property Drugs: Liability for the Conduct of Others? Stolen Property: I Didn’t Know It Was Stolen! Critical Thinking Exercise 2.3: The Case of a Very Good Deal on Carpet Provision of Illicit Services: Gambling, Loansharking, and Sex The Unique Problem of Gambling: The Oldest Vice Gambling as Vice or Recreation? Is Legal Gambling a Constitutionally Protected Right?


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