organized crime, ch.1 + 2

organized crime, ch.1 + 2 - Valerie Udeozor Due: February...

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Valerie Udeozor Due: February 14, 2012 Organized Crime Professor Louis Gentile Reading Response, Chapters 1 and 2 Ch. 1: The Definition and Structure of Organized Crime After reading chapters about various mechanisms through which organized crime has been conducted in America, it was enlightening to gain a comprehensive understanding of organized crime’s distinctive characteristics. It is an easy mistake to compare the Mafia to the Al Qaeda, but unlike terrorists, practitioners of organized crime have financial rather than political or religious goals. They don’t commit violent acts to make a statement; they do it to make money. Further, the word “organized” encompasses all of the characteristics that distinguish organized crime from conventional crime. These criminals establish systems that are sophisticated, hierarchical, and exclusive in order to thwart the law enforcers that throw common criminals in prison every day. What I found especially informative about this chapter was the distinction made between
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