CRJ 212 Organized Crime and Society (3 credits)

A systematic exploration of theoretical and practical issues pertinent to organized criminal behavior. The organizational structures of traditional and non-traditional groups are studied as well as the historical background beginning in the nineteenth century. The impact of law enforcement is thoroughly reviewed with special emphasis on illegal drug trafficking. The relationships between drug use and crime are examined from the legal and societal viewpoint. Additionally, the relationship between the political environment and organized crime, including the infiltration of legitimate business, is studied.