Juvenile Justice Process and Corrections.
December 3, 2013
In this paper, I will describe my personal perception of organized crime. I will identify any assumptions on which my perceptions are based, and answer the following questions. How would you describe or define organized crime? How does your perception compare to the definitions in the readings? What characteristics do you think are associated with organized criminal behavior?
In my mind, when I think of organized crime, I think back to the days of the mafia, the Costa Nostra. People like: John Gotti “The Teflon Don”, Al Capone, Charles “Lucky’ Luciano, ...view middle of the document...
When compared to the reading, my perception of organized crime matched up well against the book. To be a part or organized crime, especially back in the 1930’s - 1950’s, took a very cunning, devious, and many time psychotic person to persevere in organized crime. Organized crime rings were huge during the United States’ prohibition period. Gangsters like Al “Scarface” Capone, a vicious killer, made money hand over fist by bringing in and providing alcohol to the public. Gangsters like Capone were also savvy businessmen, not only did they provide the alcohol but they also operated the night clubs or “Speakeasies” where people could go and drink, listen to music and dance the nights away. The gangs kept these clubs private to not bring the wrath of law enforcement. These criminal organizations also ran bookie joints and gambling houses, brothels for prostitution, horse and racetracks, and distilleries. These organizations could make upwards of $100,000,000 a year. Capone was such a savvy criminal, that he evaded prosecution for most of his crimes. He was never charged for murders or gambling, but was finally tried and convicted for a misdemeanor charge of failing to fie tax returns for the years of 1928 and 1929, the government charged that Capone owed $215,080 from his gambling profits. Capone was sentenced to ten years in federal prison. Capone also had to pay a total of...