A Dictionary of American History

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Author: Thomas L. Purvis  | Date: 1995

Organized Crime Control Act

Organized Crime Control Act (1970) To provide greater law enforcement tools against organized crime, Congress strengthened the compulsory witness program, authorized greater use of witness immunity, and gave Justice Department task forces more financing for staff and investigations. Its RICO section permitted convictions on racketeering charges for someone who participated in or discussed any of several dozen crimes over a 10-year period. RICO was the key US statute that allowed leaders heading national crime syndicates to be successfully prosecuted for racketeering; it enabled the government to bring an entire criminal organization to trial, not just low-level perpetrators of crimes. It permitted the Justice Department to win numerous convictions of high-ranking officials of the Mafia in the 1980s.

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Chicago: Thomas L. Purvis, "Organized Crime Control Act," A Dictionary of American History in A Dictionary of American History (Cambridge, Mass.: Blackwell Reference, 1995), Original Sources, accessed February 23, 2024, http://www.originalsources.com/Document.aspx?DocID=9R4R1Z7YZ982AQ4.

MLA: Purvis, Thomas L. "Organized Crime Control Act." A Dictionary of American History, in A Dictionary of American History, Cambridge, Mass., Blackwell Reference, 1995, Original Sources. 23 Feb. 2024. http://www.originalsources.com/Document.aspx?DocID=9R4R1Z7YZ982AQ4.

Harvard: Purvis, TL, 'Organized Crime Control Act' in A Dictionary of American History. cited in 1995, A Dictionary of American History, Blackwell Reference, Cambridge, Mass.. Original Sources, retrieved 23 February 2024, from http://www.originalsources.com/Document.aspx?DocID=9R4R1Z7YZ982AQ4.