White Collar And Organized Crime

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White Collar And Organized Crime

In the twentieth century, White Collar and Organized Crimes have attracted the attention of the U.S. Criminal Justice System due to the greater cost to society than most normal street crime. Even with the new attention by the Criminal Justice System, both are still pretty unknown to the general public. Although we know it occurs, due to the lack of coverage and information, society does not realize the extent of these crimes or the impact. White Collar and Organized is generally crime committed by someone that is considered respectable and has a high social status. The crimes committed usually consist of fraud, insider trading, bribery, embezzlement, money laundering, identity theft or forgery. One person would not normally commit all of these but likely one or the other.

Most White Collar crimes are committed by organizations which could be corporations or small businesses. White Collar and Organized Crime can endanger the well-being of people across the country. It is one of the more costly crimes in society. White Collar criminals profit from businesses and Organized crime usually profits from illegal businesses and can use violent measures.

When I think of Organized Crime, I think of the mafia like you see on television. That’s probably what most people think of if you don’t know much about it. In the recent years, organized crime has changed, and the threat is more complex than it has been in the past.

According to the FBI, organized crime is consisting of Russian Mobs that fled to the U.S., groups that are engaging in drug trafficking and scams from African countries and Enterprises based in Eastern European nations like Romania. Many groups have started using the in...

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...crimes rather than on street crimes. Rarely will you hear of these crimes on the news until after sentencing has taken place. Unfortunately, corporations can easily afford to pay thousands or even millions of dollars in penalties and fines therefore penalties need to be increased greatly. Due to corporate power, white collar crime is hard to prove even once it is suspected. Determining who began the crime and trying to persuade a jury whom already has a hard time understanding the complexity of these types of crimes can be difficult.


Works Cited

Barkan, Steven E. Criminology: A Sociological Understanding. Boston: Prentice Hall, 2012. 333-43. Print.

“Organized Crime.” FBI. FBI, 08 May 2013. Web. 10 Apr. 2014.

Schmalleger, Frank. Criminal Justice Today: An Introductory Text for the 21st Century. Upper Saddle River, NJ: Pearson Education, 2013. Print.

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