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NCJ Number: 77298 Find in a Library
Title: Organized Crime in California - Annual Report to the California Legislature, 1978 - Part 1
Corporate Author: California Bureau of Organized Crime and Criminal Intelligence
United States of America
Date Published: 1978
Page Count: 18
Sponsoring Agency: California Bureau of Organized Crime and Criminal Intelligence
Sacramento, CA 95813
National Institute of Justice/
Rockville, MD 20849
Sale Source: National Institute of Justice/
NCJRS paper reproduction
Box 6000, Dept F
Rockville, MD 20849
United States of America
Document: PDF
Type: Report (Annual/Periodic)
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: This report, which is part of a 1978 assessment of organized crime in California, focuses on the State's Operation Exposure, on witness protection, and on the new Organized Crime Control Commission.
Abstract: The California Department of Justice initiated Operation Exposure in 1977 to meet the threat posed by a large influx of organized crime figures from the East Coast. Data were collected on crime figures who had recently moved to the State, and a team of local and State criminal justice officials visited these figures to inform them that organized crime rackets would be aggressively opposed. Sixty-one visits were conducted between October 1977 and December 1978. Recent law enforcement reports from Illinois and New York have indicated that racketeers may be avoiding California. The Witness Protection Program, which began in July 1978, provides witness protection resources where no others are available to encourage witnesses to testify against dangerous criminals. Thus far, the majority of cases in which assistance was requested involved prison gang criminal activity, individual homicides, and other felonies. The eight-member Organized Crime Control Commission was formed on July 28, 1977, to identify the scope and nature of the State's organized crime problem, to assess current State and local efforts at combatting organized crime, and to develop recommendations to improve the level of effort needed to meet the problem. Over 18 months, the commission held 15 hearings throughout the State to receive testimony from local, State, and Federal law enforcement and regulatory agencies and from confidential informants who could reveal an insider's perspective on organized crime groups. In May 1978, the commission submitted its first report to the Attorney General. The report's 22 legislative and general recomendations are listed including enacting statutes to permit court-authorized electronic surveillance by law enforcement agencies against organized crime activities, to revise the present witness immunity law, and to provide for the prosecution of racketeering activities and conspiracy to commit racketeering.
Index Term(s): California; Organized crime; Organized crime control units; Organized crime prevention; Witness protection
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