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NCJ Number: 114200 Find in a Library
Title: Evaluating Law Enforcement Efforts To Control Organized Crime: The Pennsylvania Crime Commission as a Case Study
Journal: Policy Studies Review  Volume:6  Issue:1  Dated:(August 1986)  Pages:160-170
Author(s): S Mastrofski; G Potter
Date Published: 1986
Page Count: 11
Type: Program/Project Evaluation
Format: Article
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: This article describes and comments on the Pennsylvania Crime Commission's (PCC) evaluation of its efforts to combat organized crime in the State and discusses its failure to develop an accurate portrayal of organized crime in Pennsylvania.
Abstract: The PCC is a nonpartisan body composed of five commissioners. Its efforts focus on the investigation and compilation of intelligence on organized crime. The PCC's evaluation of its efforts considers such quantitative factors as the number of public hearings and investigative referrals, the number of requests for intelligence information, the number and scope of legislative proposals, the number of public appearances and publications, and the number of arrests and convictions of persons identified as organized-crime members. Hardly any attention has been given to the evaluation of program outcomes, i.e., the extent to which the PCC's efforts have helped reduce illegal activities by organized criminals. Further, the commission's approach to investigating organized crime is based on fundamental conceptual flaws which would be apparent if it took a different approach to collecting and analyzing data on organized crime and on its own role in addressing it. The first step in reconceptualizing organized crime is to distinguish among the various 'industries' with which organized crime is associated, and the second step is to break down each type of enterprise into its component phases, operations, or functions. Such an approach would expose the fallacy of the PCC's conception of organized crime as a static, bureaucratic, structural conspiracy. 22 references.
Main Term(s): Organized crime
Index Term(s): Crime commissions; Pennsylvania
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