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1 Property Crime, White Collar Crime & Organized Crime
CRIMINOLOGY Property Crime, White Collar Crime & Organized Crime

2 ?what is property crime? Types of Property Crime
Patterns of property crime (geographic and demographic)

3 burglary The vast majority of property offenders are amateurs or professionals? Mike Maguire’s typology of burglars ?what role does U.S. culture play in property crime?

4 Property crime Describe the efforts to reduce property crime
Criminology seeks to understand a world in flux, those who are marginalized and excluded economically as well as those who are exalted via forms of mass communication

5 Property Crime definitions
Burglary Larceny-theft Motor vehicle theft Forgery and Counterfeiting Buying, receiving and possessing stolen property Embezzelment

6 Definitions of white collar crime
“a crime committed by a person of respectability and high social status in the course of his occupation” E. Sutherland 1949

7 Criticisms of the definition
Behavior that doesn’t violate criminal law should not be considered a crime, no matter how harmful it may be Sutherland’s definition rules out lawbreaking behavior by the wealthy, such as tax evasion, that is not committed in the course of their occupation

8 Criticisms -cont Sutherland’s definition excluded crimes by blue-collar workers and businesses that share features of crimes committed by persons of high social status Sutherland’s book, White-Collar Crime focused almost entirely on crime by corporations…did this mean that white-collar crime is something that only corporations and businesses can do?

9 Further considerations of white collar crime
Occupational crime- committed by individuals in the course of their occupation for personal gain Employee theft Pilferage Embezzeling Collective embezzlement

10 ?What is an example of fraud in health care?

11 Corporate crime ?How would you define corporate crime? *financial *violent

12 White collar crime Costs?
What explanations of street crime also apply to white collar crime? What explanations don’t apply?

13 Organized crime :Coordinated efforts to acquire illegal profits
*when the public demands or desires goods or services, organized criminal efforts are often there to provide them (even if the products are legal)

14 Organized crime *organized crime is believed to be involved in several legitimate businesses (trash-hauling, vending and amusement machines) as well as toxic-waste disposal

15 Organized crime *primary sources of income for organized crime remain illegal activities and products: drugs, prostitution, pornography, gambling, loan sharking and extortion

16 History of organized crime
Organized crime has existed for centuries. Earliest examples: Piracy >Phoenicians, Vikings, buccaneers in the 1600’s -by the end of the 1600s pirates openly traded their plunder with merchants in Boston, NY, Philadelphia and other port cities (golden age of piracy)

17 History of organized crime
Piracy faded by late 1720s after “honest” officials exposed corruption and several pirate leaders were killed.

18 History of organized crime
Understanding economic context >major reason piracy ended was that merchants began to realize they could get greater profits by trading with England; after that, “the markets for pirate goods dried up, and the public demand for their services and support for their existence disappeared.” (Dennis Kenney, James Finckenaeur 95)

19 History of organized crime
Began anew in NY in early 1800s (1mil people-most poor & half immigrant and unemployed-lived crammed into 2 square miles)

20 History of organized crime
>young women were forced into prostitution, young men formed gangs that allowed them to commit crime more effectively and evade police; these early gangs were the forerunner of today’s organized crime groups (like previous org. criminal enterprises, relied on public officials)

21 History of organized crime
By the end of the 1800s gangs had developed in NY and other eastern cities into extensive operations Ethnic makeup of the groups reflected the great waves of immigration into the U.S. during the 19th century; as immigrants settled into cities many inevitably turned to organized crime to make ends meet

22 History of organized crime
The Irish were the first to take up organized crime and became dominant in many cities Later in the century Italians and Jews immigrated and got their share of the vice trade

23 History of organized crime
In the 20th century African Americans, Asian Americans and Latinos have become more involved in organized crime Organized is the one area where diverse groups have pursued economic opportunity and the American Dream

24 History of organized crime
While urban gangs were the forerunners of organized crime, 19th century white collar criminals (robber barons) were the role models

25 History of organized crime
Examples: Leland Stanford (railroads) bribed congressmen to gain land grants and federal loans for Central Pacific Railroad; JD Rockefeller (Standard Oil) forced competitors our of business with price wars and bombings; Du Pont family (gunpowder) cornered the market after the Civil War with bribery

26 History of organized crime
Both Organized Crime and White Collar crime involve careful planning and coordinated effort to acquire illegal profits; both rely on active or passive collusion of public officials and on public willingness to buy the goods and services they provide

27 History of organized crime
Rise of Organized Crime during Prohibition After Prohibition: gambling >starting in 1960’s moved into drug trade (50-150billion), reducing interests in gambling

28 History of organized crime-the alien conspiracy model/myth
Suggests that organized crime today is controlled by a highly organized, hierarchical group of some 24 Italian families (Alien Conspiracy Model or Mafia mystique) Popularized in congressional hearings in the 1950s (see the Godfather II)

29 History of organized crime-the alien conspiracy model/myth
Sociologist Donald Cressey’s book Theft of the Nation (69) articulated this model and argued that organized crime was largely unknown before Italians immigrated to the U.S. Assumed that organized crime exists because immigrants corrupt good U.S. citizens and prey on their weaknesses

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