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The two articles to be compared are The Functions and Structure of Criminal Syndicates by Donald R Cressey and Donald Cresseys Contributions to the Study of Organized Crime by Joseph L Albini Though the second article is merely an evaluation of the first the goal is to show how Albini agrees with some of Cresseys points and to present Cresseys evidence that Albini has rejected in a way that will challenge Albinis accusations In the essay written by Donald R Cressey deals with Cresseys view on the organization and function of organized crime First he touches on how Italians and Sicilians perceive people and the occupation they dwell in Next Cressey shows how local organized crime entities combined to form a commission to overlook each other while within this he touches on important morale concepts and the hierarchy or the family itself Lastly Cressey goes through each of organized crimes big businesss and explains how each operates and pays a profit In the essay written by Joseph L Albini deals with Cresseys interruption and report of organized crime to the US government in 1967 Albini starts off by reminding the reader that by no means was Cressey an organized crime expert on the contrary he was merely a social scientist with which the government feed crime statistics for interpretation Added to this was the tight time restraint given to Cressey along with witnesses willing to divulge information they knew Cressey wanted to hear Albini ends with a list of faults in Cresseys work that including a later book Cressey wrote entitled Theft of A Nation were Cressey merely reemphasized past ideas without expanding a great deal contributing to a critical lack of critical evaluation on the data It is important to note that Albini is a good friend of Cressey and admits he has contributed a great deal to the field but shows that under the circumstances Cressey was working under the work is
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