Tuesday, March 17, 2020


Law Enforcement tends to evolve at the same rate as criminal actions, it is forever changing because it has to in order to continue to fight for those that cannot fight for themselves. 

The topic of discussion today will be surrounding a major change when it came to Law Enforcement, specifically a law that was passed as a result of so many criminal organizations operating at a time where the country was recovering from prohibition and building the foundations for the society we live in today. 

The Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations (RICO) act was passed in 1970 in response to the rise in organized criminal factions throughout the country. The RICO act is a federal law that was passed in order to fight against the growing racket issues bearing down on businesses throughout the country. 

Organized crime would basically intimidate businesses by means of violence majority of the time, then they would extort those same businesses for money or favors in exchange for protection from the initial intimidation. That is the racket, if the business didn’t pay or support the organization…that business would be destroyed or burned down in response. 

The Organized crime members known to be involved with the racket are identified and labeled in the eyes of Law Enforcement as Racketeers. Hence, the birth of the legal turn racketeering. 

The RICO statue allowed for Law Enforcement to change everyone involved with a racket, all parties would be civilly and criminally accountable for the actions taken place during the extortion of the businesses. The Organized crime members also would become known as a criminal enterprise throughout the legal system, thus making anything or anyone that is found to be connected to them harder to suppress when incident arise involving the legal system.  

Obviously, the RICO act carries a lot of time in prison associated with it and that was the point of its passing. This act served as the statement that society has had enough of Organized crime extorting the businesses and limiting the process of society as a whole. 

If convicted under the RICO act…the subject(s) can be sentenced up to twenty (20) years imprisonment and twenty-five thousand (20.000) dollars in fines. Convictions obviously take a long time to occur, however when it does happen everyone associated with the crime will be held accountable for the actions. 

That about does it when it comes to the Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations (RICO) act, local Law Enforcement usually only assist federal agencies when it comes to this offense. It isn’t charged on the regular basis… 

The RICO Act?