ORGANIZED CRIME provides a detailed, comprehensive analysis of the origins, history, theoretical explanations, and structure of domestic and international organized crime. The author also explains the methods employed by law enforcement agencies to combat organized crime, as well as the policy decisions of various investigating committees and commissions, including the President's Commission on Organized Crime.
Howard Abadinsky is professor of criminal justice at St John's University. He served eight years as an inspector for the Cook County, Illinois, sheriff and 15 years as a New York state parole officer and senior parole officer. The founder of the International Association for the Study of Organized Crime, he also served as a consultant to the President's Commission on Organized Crime. He holds a B.A. from Queens College of the City University of New York, an M.S.W. from Fordham University, and a Ph.D. in sociology from New York University.
About the Author. Preface. SECTION I: INTRODUCTION TO ORGANIZED CRIME. 1. The Definition and Structure of Organized Crime. 2. Explaining Organized Crime. SECTION II: ORGANIZED CRIME IN THE UNITED STATES. 3. Development of Organized Crime in the United States. 4. Organized Crime in New York. 5. Organized Crime in Chicago. SECTION III: INTERNATIONAL ORGANIZED CRIME. 6. Italian Organized Crime and the Albanian Connection. 7. Latin American Organized Crime. 8. Black Organized Crime. 9. Asian Organized Crime. 10. Russian Organized Crime. 11. International Outlaw Motorcycle Clubs. SECTION IV: BUSINESS OF ORGANIZED CRIME. 12. Gambling, Loansharking, Theft, Fencing, Sex, and Trafficking in Persons and Arms. 13. The Drug Business. 14. Labor, Business, and Money Laundering. SECTION V: FIGHTING ORGANIZED CRIME. 15. Organized Crime Statutes and Law Enforcement. Conclusion. References. Author Index. Subject Index.