6. Four years of financial records of the Black Disciples street gang found their way into the hand of a University of Chicago graduate student because one of the gangs second highest member feared that he would soon be killed, therefore he figured that the financial records may help the next generation in some way or another. 7. J.T. maintained a regional monopoly over crack cocaine within the territorial domain of the gang by having his men at every possible crack dealing corner, and he invested a good amount into making his community satisfied with their gang, because a rebellious community is something that they cannot afford to have.
I would describe organized crime as groups of people taking the time to commit criminal activity without being caught by law enforcement officers. I have in the past thought about the mafia or drug cartels concerning organized crime. I had never given much thought to gangs being a part of organized crime. Many organized crime groups have law enforcement and politicians on their payroll, which disturbs me. The very people whose job is to protect society will deceive people to make illegal money.
Organized crime or criminal organizations are transnational, national, or local groupings of high enterprises run by criminals for the purpose of engaging in illegal activity, most commonly for their own profit. Seemingly, the highest rate of criminal violence was partaken in the 1920’s. With the prohibition laws in America and the world in an economic depression. People turned more and more too criminal activity, organized criminals such as the American mobsters and other crime organizations grew vigorously. Most common people would look at these organization leaders as heroes.
Was prohibition the key factor why US society in the 1920s was so divided? Prohibition was a key factor in the social unrest in America, It had many social impacts. Due to the unpopularity of Prohibition and people still wanting to consume alcohol even though it was now illegal, many ‘mafia’ type gangs saw an opportunity to make a lot of money by bootlegging and illegally selling alcohol and although organized crime was already around by the time Prohibition was put in place there was a rapid rise in it once Prohibition became the law of the land. Speakeasy’s were opened, these were illegal bars and clubs in which people would go to consume alcohol, these could range from tiny backrooms to large buildings with entertainment such as dancers and musical acts, The alcohol was supplied by the local gangs - It in some ways glamourized organized crime, making the idea of Gangs seem cool and a good way to make money – but gangsters would bribe the local police and government officials into ignoring the many illegal clubs in the area, They would also use fear tactics into getting the club managers and owners into paying them “protection money” this would ensure that their club was “protected” from the gangs but if they refused to pay the gangs the money they would often find their clubs blown apart or themselves being gunned down. Al Capone was one of the most famous gangster who made a profits during Prohibition, it is estimated that he made $60 million from bootlegging alone, He took control of the whole Chicago liquor industry by killing off all the competition in the area, he had a good talent for avoiding jail.
Police corruption has increased dramatically with the illegal cocaine trade, with officers acting alone or in-groups to steal money from dealers or distribute cocaine themselves. Large groups of corrupt police have been caught in New York, New Orleans, Washington, DC, and Methodology: Corruption within police departments falls into two basic categories, which are external corruption and internal corruption. In this report I will concentrate only on external corruption because it has been the larger center of attention recently. I have decided to include the fairly recent accounts of corruption from a few major cities, mainly Detroit and Dearborn, because that is where I have lived for all my life. My ideas and examples have come straight from the book, along with some.
JESSE JAMES AND AL CAPONE: OUTLAW VS GANGSTER A Paper Presented to Mrs. Heidi Kabadi Regis Jesuit High School In Partial Fulfillment of the Requirements for the Course American History by Connor Harshman 3/26/13 Connor Harshman There is no question that Jesse James and Al Capone both greatly effected America. These men were groundbreaking in their times, becoming nationally known for the crimes they committed. Jesse James was a Wild West outlaw that stopped at nothing to lead bank heists and rob trains. Al Capone revolutionized organized crime and made millions by selling illegal alcohol during prohibition, and kill anyone who tried to stop him. These men changed America for many years with their actions, but which of them had a bigger effect?
The mafia had split the U.S.A. into separate territories, with one gang controlling each territory, but there was always internal conflict going on throughout these territories, with mob bosses being deposed and replaced all the time. The mafia had control over all the speakeasies and bootleg alcohol during the prohibition period and made millions from it, which was used to help them commit horrific attacks on other gangs which any normal person would get a life imprisonment for. One of these crimes is the ‘St .Valentine’s Day Massacre’ committed by Al Capone. The mafia is one of the most famous organisations in the world, due to its infamous activities during the 20th Century. Prohibition was the Eighteenth Amendment to
Also, besides alcohol, organized crime was also involved in city politics. Millions each year was spent on politicians’ bribes so the gangsters could keep doing what they had been doing. Lastly, even though organized crime was a big problem in America, the government provided few truly effective countermeasures. The police tried, but were outnumbered, outgunned, and most were on someone’s payroll. These brief years in America gave us a new breed of criminal, one that never went away.
Non-violent crimes should just be a punishable fine because it saves money for the United States and the federal prisons in the United States. Non-violent crimes in America are rising rapidly and non-violent criminals are being sent to federal prisons or jails for a stupid reason. Like for an example many people are being arrested and sent to prison for selling drugs now how is this a violent crime? Drugs are illegal in America but it’s not really hurting our country right now. The main thing that is hurting our country right now is violence, when you read the news about Chicago they had more murders then the soldiers in Iraq due to gang violence.
In The Great Gatsby many of the characters downfall and success is all due to being in the Jazz Age. Bootlegging among other criminal activity was a very prominent profession to gain wealth and status above others. Almost all of the bootlegged alcohol was sold in speakeasies where people had to be quiet so they would not attract attention by the police (Neilan). Due to prohibition, the outlawing of alcohol by the Eighteenth Amendment, mobsters began making and selling alcohol illegally to gain wealth and status(Neilan). Gatsby too chose this way of life so he could also gain wealth and status in hopes that he could capture the eye of daisy, with his large lavish parties for the speakeasy underground group (Fitzgerald 89).