- Series Information
- The Oxford Handbook of Organized Crime
- List of Contributors
- Organized Crime: A Contested Concept
- Theoretical Perspectives on Organized Crime
- Searching for Organized Crime in History
- How to Research Organized Crime
- The Italian Mafia
- The Italian-American Mafia
- the Russian Mafia: Rise and Extinction
- Organized Crime in Colombia: The Actors Running the Illegal Drug Industry
- Mexican Drug “Cartels”
- Chinese Organized Crime
- The Japanese Yakuza
- Nigerian Criminal Organizations
- Gangs Another Form of Organized Crime?
- Opportunistic Structures of Organized Crime
- Organizing Crime: The State as Agent
- The Social Embeddedness of Organized Crime
- Protection and Extortion
- Drug Markets and Organized Crime
- Human Smuggling, Human Trafficking, and Exploitation in the Sex Industry
- Illegal Gambling
- Money Laundering
- Arms Trafficking
- Organized Fraud
- The Illegal Exploitation of Natural Resources
- Organized Crime Control in the United States of America
- U.S. Organized Crime Control Policies Exported Abroad
- European Union Organized Crime Control Policies
- The Fight Against the Italian Mafia
- Organized Crime Control in Australia and New Zealand
- Organized Crime “Control” in Asia: Experiences from India, China, and the Golden Triangle
- Finance-Oriented Strategies of Organized Crime Control
Abstract and Keywords
The Mafia in America became a concern that paralleled the immigration wave from Italy during the late 1800s. It was closely associated with victimization within Italian communities in northeastern US cities. National interest in Italian-American organized crime grew after the Prohibition era, and it was ultimately followed by powerful new federal laws to infiltrate organized crime groups, numerous criminal informants coming forward to testify, and many significant convictions, which has weakened the influence of Italian-American groups in American organized crime. The activities of these organized crime groups have remained strikingly similar over the years, although changes in opportunity and criminal markets have impacted Mafia operations, which continue today.
Keywords: Mafia, Cosa Nostra, Italian-American organized crime, Joseph Valachi, President’s Crime Commission, Jimmy Fratianno, Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations (RICO), Frank Tieri, prosecution
Jay S. Albanese is a professor and criminologist in the Wilder School of Government & Public Affairs at Virginia Commonwealth University (USA). His recent books include Transnational Crime and the 21st Century (Oxford University Press, 2011) and Professional Ethics in Criminal Justice: Being Ethical When No One is Looking (Prentice Hall, 3rd ed., 2012).
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