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Organized Crime in Our Times, Sixth Edition, discusses the nature, history, and theories of organized crime, along with the criminal justice response. It offers an assessment of the investigation, prosecution, defense, and sentencing of organized criminals. It also reviews alternative futures in the prevention of organized crime.
The book features 12 chapters covering the definition of organized crime; the way it is categorized under law; the individual causes of organized crime; models to explain its persistence; the history of the Mafia, Presidential investigations, and nontraditional group; and investigation, prosecution, defense, and sentencing of organized crime suspects, defendants, and offenders. Each chapter includes critical thinking exercises that help students apply and evaluate concepts to actual case examples; a brief summary of an organized crime biography; and a summary of a film on organized crime.
Students will come away with a better understanding of organized crime, and an improved ability to apply the important principles of organized crime to new situations and to anticipate consequences for the future.
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Jay S. Albanese is Professor in the Wilder School of Government & Public Affairs at Virginia Commonwealth University. He served as Chief of the International Center at the National Institute of Justice (NIJ), the research arm of the U.S. Department of Justice, from 2002 to 2006. He is author of many articles, and author/editor of 16 books. Albanese is the recipient of the Elske Smith Distinguished Lecturer Award from Virginia Commonwealth University, the Teaching Excellence Award from Niagara University, and the G.O.W. Mueller Award for Outstanding Contributions to Comparative/International Criminal Justice from the Academy of Criminal Justice Sciences, International Section. He has served as Executive Director of the International Association for the Study of Organized Crime and is a past president and fellow of the Academy of Criminal Justice Sciences. He currently serves on the Executive Board of the American Society of Criminology.
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