Criminology and the New York Mafia Families Investigate and discuss the structure of the New York Mafia Families.
Include their Italian heritage, sponsorship, a history of successful criminality, and a willingness to participate in murder. Also, look at the top five mafia family leaders; what happened to them. The American Mafia, an Italian-American organized-crime network with operations in cities across the United States, particularly New York and Chicago, rose to power through its success in the illicit liquor trade during the 1920s Prohibition era. After Prohibition, the Mafia moved into other criminal ventures, from drug trafficking to illegal gambling, while also infiltrating labor unions and legitimate businesses such as construction and New York’s garment industry.