Organized Crime Essay

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Organized Crime Donald Creesey was a pioneer in the study of organized crime. He was also considered the first expert on the subject. However, his contributions to the field are now in question. In the next two articles a battle of words is waged between Joseph L. Albini, author of "Donald Cressey's Contributions to the Study of Organized Crime An Evaluation", and Charles H. Rogovin along with Frederick T. Martens, authors of "The Evil That Men Do", concerning Cressey's actual accomplishments. First of all, a brief introduction to each of the authors' credentials is needed to add respectability to his opinion on what Cressey has done. Joseph L. Albini has a doctorate in the field of…show more content…
Although the articles are in direct contrast with one another, each authors' opinion must be considered before refuting it. The article composed by Albini is a critical evaluation of Donald Cressey's work. Within the pages of the article are numerous reasons why Cressey was wrong in the conclusions he arrived at and how he was careless in his research to attain those conclusions. Throughout the article Albini makes allegations of ignorance and utter disregard for information directed toward Cressey that would refute the very conclusions Cressey has been heralded for reaching. In contrast, Rogovin and Martens derived an article that supports the same conclusions which Albini criticizes. They continually find and state examples of how they feel Albini to be wrong and Cressey to be correct. They have determined that Albini's article has no foundation and no merit, which leads Into the effectiveness and correctness of Cressey. To start off the criticisms by Albini of Cressey, Albini claims that Cressey feared for his life. Albini attributes this fear to Cressey's "unquestioning and, in many cases, uncritical acceptance of the government data." He, being Albini, protests that Cressey warned him once of the dangers of pursuing his research in the field of organized crime. He did not fault Cressey for this fear, but later on in Albini's own

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