CRJ 260 - Organized Crime
Examines domestic and transnational organized crime structures and practices along with the role of the criminal justice system in the investigation and prosecution of organized criminal enterprises.
3 Class Hours
Learning Outcomes of the Course:
Upon successful completion of this course the student will be able to:
- Describe the history and methods of organized crime groups in the United States, including but not limited to LaCosa Nostra, organized motorcycle gangs, and street gangs.
- Explain the difficulties in assigning the terms “organized crime” and “criminal enterprise” to a particular criminal group.
- Describe typical racketeering activities and explain how the RICO statute has been applied in criminal prosecutions of organized crime in the United States.
- Explain the historical reasons for the rise of transnational organized crime and identify several modern transnational criminal organizations.
- List and discuss crimes in which criminal organizations commonly engage worldwide.
- Describe organized crime’s ties to financing domestic and international terrorism.
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