Combating Organized Crime

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There has been much review and discussion in regards to which method of approach would be best suited to target organized crime. Should law enforcement supplement traditional police enforcement with additional officers and prisons, or are new enforcement approaches required to combat organized crime? The shortfalls of traditional police enforcement will be discussed, as will the evaluation of new approaches for the regulation of organized crime. Topics of proactive measures, rather than reactive, will be addressed. Suggested methods of approach and possible solutions to the problems will also be discussed.

Combating Organized Crime


As time passes, the question of traditional law enforcement, as opposed to new
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The criminal justice system is far more powerful than the criminal offender, and is generally uncorrupted by the latter. There is a notion that crime is basically the actions of powerless petty criminals and that the state is incorruptible. However, organized crime presents a different scenario: the powerful criminal. The dynamics of petty crime are, to an extent, reversed. In other words, the offender may be more powerful than the criminal justice system. Power may take the form of evasive skills - disguise and sanctuary for activities such as money laundering. It may take the form of coercion and corruption of both the public and members of criminal justice agencies.

Instead of looking solely at the perpetrators of the crimes, public policy should instead examine what it is about particular industries that lend themselves to monopolistic market structures of organized crime. Which factors in the drug trafficking and prostitution industries make them more conducive to monopolies than the home burglary business? It is the same aspects that make some legal industries natural contenders to function as monopolies - economies of scale, high start up and fixed costs, barriers to entry.

A similar suggestion comes from Reuter, Rubinstein, and Wynn, who argue that investigators of organized crime need to be trained
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