The Importance Of Organized Crime On Society

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“I don’t trust society to protect us, I have no intention of placing my fate in the hands of men whose only qualification is that they managed to con a block of people to vote for them.” This quote from The Godfather, which is famous for glorifying the Mafia, reflects the concerns of criminology within organized crime. Using ideas from Sutherland, Rawls and Nussbaum, one might argue that the relationship between organized crime and the governance relating to it plays a significant role and influence on society. The Criminal Code of Canada defines organized crime as a group of three or more people who have the main purpose of committing offenses that would result in the “receipt of a material benefit” by the group. Section two of the Code declares criminal organizations to be any group, formally or informally organized, consisting of five or more people. In 2014, Hell’s Angels were declared a criminal organization by Manitoba and later, Ontario and Quebec. Moreover, this designation only affects provincial crimes against gang members, not federal laws, such as drugs and violent crimes. It allows the crown to eliminate the delay of calling evidence forward to prosecute gang members. Other strict forms of legislation against criminal evidence include Bill C-95 and Bill C-24.…show more content…
Organized crime is a major problem in monetary terms and it costs the loss of billions of dollars every year. Organized crime violates our basic Canadian right to peace, quality of life, personal security, corruption in our political system and governments. Furthermore, weak governments and societal structures are arguably some of the root causes of organized crime. Organized society brings forth organized crime and heavy laws further promote it. The government responds to the violence related to organized crime with strong security measures while paying less attention to the causes of these

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