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Controlling Organized Crime: Looking for Evidence-Based Approaches

NCJ Number
Victims & Offenders Volume: 4 Issue: 4 Dated: October 2009 Pages: 412-419
Jay S. Albanese
Date Published
October 2009
8 pages
This article examines the current situation in research on organized crime.
Serious policy-relevant research on organized crime has been thwarted by ideological views, the failure to generate systematic data, and a single-minded law enforcement approach to its control. Correspondingly, there has been a failure to generate needed data for analysis and evaluation of anti-organized crime initiatives. This article summarizes the current situation, evaluates emerging work which is challenging past assumptions, and describes a data and research approach to develop more useful policy-relevant research on organized crime, based on evidence rather than ideology. (Published Abstract)