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Organized Crime: Definitions and Attributes

Compare and contrast at least 2 definitions and 8 attributes of organized crime and provide a supporting explanation of each relating them to organized crime's foundations.

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1. According to Your Dictionary.com, the legal definition of organized crime is: "A widespread group of professional criminals who rely on illegal activities as a way of life and whose activities are coordinated and controlled through some form of centralized syndicate."

2. In comparison, the definition of organized crime as defined by the National Security Council is "Transnational organized crime refers to those self-perpetuating associations of individuals who operate transnational for the purpose of obtaining power, influence, monetary and/or commercial gains, wholly or in part by illegal means, while protecting their activities through a pattern of corruption and/ or violence, or while protecting their illegal activities through a transnational organizational structure and the exploitation of transnational commerce or communication mechanisms." There is no single structure under which transnational organized criminals operate; they vary from ...

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