Introduction To Criminal Organizations

Week 1: Introduction to Criminal Organizations
The movies and media have often portrayed the seductive nature of gangs and organized crime—from Goodfellas to The Wire and The Sopranos—painting their members as a slick, confident “family” operating above the law, or at least alongside it. In reality, criminal organizations are less glamorous than they are destructive. Such organizations contribute to drug and gun proliferation, as well as violence, and negatively impact the communities in which they operate. They also may be more prevalent than you think, their roots spreading even to rural areas of the United States.
The goal of the course is to study criminal organizations so that you, as a professional, can combat their activities and the lasting effects of those activities. This week, as an introduction, you define and compare street gangs, organized crime groups, and terrorist groups. You also reflect on firsthand experiences with these groups as a way to gauge your existing understanding.
Learning Objectives
Students will:
Differentiate between street gangs, organized crime groups, and terrorist groups
Reflect on personal experiences with street gangs, organized crime, and terrorism
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Discussion: Street Gangs, Organized Crime Groups, and Terrorist Groups
In every book or article, you read, you may find different definitions of street gangs, organized crime groups, and terrorist groups. This is because there is no such thing as a prototypical gang, organized crime group, or terrorist group. On one hand, there are similarities in themes within and across these groups, such as the participation in illegal activities and the use of widespread violence. On the other hand, there are also important distinctions among these groups in terms of their structures, tactics, memberships, and cultures.
In this Discussion, you examine the distinctions among street gangs, organized crime groups, and terrorist groups and consider why it is so difficult to define and distinguish these groups.
Post a response that addresses the following:
What are the differences between and among street gangs, organized crime groups, and terrorist groups? Be sure to use specific examples to support your response.
Explain why it may be difficult to define and distinguish between street gangs, organized crime groups, and terrorist groups.