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    What evidence is there of Mafia decline? What does the future of organized crime look like to you?

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    What evidence is there of Mafia decline?

    Evidence of the decline of the Mafia family:

    • In an article written by Peter Reuter in 1995, he quotes a New York Times report that the Mafia membership among the 5 Mafia families had declined from 3,000 to 1,200. Peter Reuter also cites the dissolution of the Cleveland family and the decrease to 10 members in the DeCavalcante family in New Jersey as other examples of the decline of the Mafia.
    • Peter Reuter cites several reasons for the decline:
    - Inability to control the heroin market in New York by the incursion of Asian organized crime which imported heroin direct from Asia;
    - The FBI and law enforcement agencies knowledge of the Mafia; that the Mafia is a more "public" organization with many FBI infiltration in contrast to the other newer organized groups;
    - The Mafia's failure to play a leading role in the cocaine market, one of the biggest money making "businesses" in the world of organized crime.
    - The Mafia suffered a lost in their racketeering businesses. The passage of the Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations (RICO) and the Continuing Criminal Enterprise (CCE) laws had a major role in the decline of the Mafia. Rather than focusing on the individual membership of the Mafia, empowered with the new laws, the FBI began focusing on ...

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    This is a general outline discussing the Mafia decline and the future outlook of organized crime.