During the past few modules, you completed various assignments that were designed to enhance your overall knowledge about the business of organized crime. In Module 1, you applied different theories to explain the criminal behavior of organized crime groups.

 

Subsequent assignments afforded you an opportunity to discuss the business interests of organized crime groups and also identify the types of domestic groups that exist in the United States. You learned how organized crime groups affect both political and law enforcement groups. Moreover, you were placed in situations in which you had to apply what you were learning about organized crime.

 

Now that you have taken an in-depth look at organized crime, by the due date assigned, in a minimum of 250 words, post to the Discussion Area how your views of organized crime may have changed. Include responses to the following:

 

Discuss your thoughts prior to completing the assignments in the course.

 

Discuss at least three specific points of knowledge you have gained and explain why these are important to you. Also, ponder these questions: 

Why does the media influence the way people view organized crime?

 

Why are people unaware of the existence of organized crime groups in the United States?

 

Is the use of theory useful in explaining the behaviors of members of organized crime groups? Explain.

 

What are your views on whether domestic organized crime groups present a bigger threat to society than groups operating outside the United States?

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