This page features a sampling of recent news articles and opinion pieces that have featured my written work, interviews, or speaking engagements.
See 2-minute video about the book here
The book recounts conversations between a professor and his students about 10 the greatest questions, reflecting some of the most important ideas of human existence: truth, good & evil, justice, liberty, equality, law, punishment, friendship, honor, and happiness. For example, if we all are looking to be happy, then why are we so miserable?
September 23, 2015
Presentation at the Mob Museum (The National Museum of Organized Crime and Law Enforcement) in Las Vegas on the contemporary history of organized crime, followed by a panel discussion with 2 other participants from the FBI and U.S. Treasury Department on "Fighting Organized Crime in the 21st Century: A Courtroom Conversation."
The program addressed the history of the mafia in the United States and how it, and other organized crime groups, have changed in the 21st century. Topics included Russian and Asian computer hackers break into U.S. government systems, Mexican drug cartels, and global trafficking in human beings, and a host of illicit goods, services, and frauds. A question-and-answer session with the live audience followed.
The 90-minute program is available http://themobmuseum.org/events-posts/september-23-fighting-organized-crime-in-the-21st-century-a-courtroom-conversation/
August 12, 2015
There have been numerous documented cases in which providers of illegal sports betting, black market machines, Internet sweepstakes cafés and illegal online betting have cheated customers on payouts and cheated the United States government by not paying taxes on profits. Furthermore, these profits have been found to support organized crime activity, such as money laundering and loan-sharking. In this way, illegal gambling operations support organized crime and victimize others, rather than benefit patrons. http://vegasseven.com/2015/08/12/nations-illegal-gambling-problem-means-las-vegas/
The UN Crime Congress occurs once every five years. It was held in Doha, Qatar in 2015. The Congress includes State and NGO representatives from all 193 countries of the UN. The Congress provides a platform for increased cooperation between governments, intergovernmental and non-governmental organizations on the whole spectrum of crime prevention and criminal justice issues, thus promoting more effective international action in this field. Jay Albanese made a presentation on assessing the risk of emerging transnational crimes.
Presentation at dinner and vigil for human trafficking in Pennsylvania in 2015.
July 29, 2014
"The Elusive Link between Casinos and Crime" in The Pacific Standard: The Science of Society (July 29, 2014). "One of the first and most widely cited studies on the issue was by Jay Albanese, a criminologist. He looked at the crime data in Atlantic City to try to see how casinos there had changed the area’s rates of murder, rape, robbery,.." http://www.psmag.com/navigation/health-and-behavior/elusive-link-casinos-crime-86902/
June 1, 2014
Jay S. Albanese, editor-in-chief, Encyclopedia of Criminology & Criminal Justice (Wiley, 2014). Five volumes, 540 entries, 2,653 pages. “Anyone among us who can advance effective strategies for persuading this generation of students that there is still much of value to be gained from engaging with encyclopedias such as this one would be making a highly commendable contribution to our field.” (American Reference Books Annual, 1 June 2014)
June 22, 2014
"The odds of becoming a victim of a serious crime in central Virginia continued to drop last year, advancing a clear trend that shows the region's overall crime rate has fallen 26 percent over the past seven years, even as the population has grown by 9 percent.". "Major Crime Tumbles in Area," Richmond Times Dispatch. http://www.timesdispatch.com/major-crime-tumbles-in-area/article_3a7f5650-b07c-5b9b-9705-c92c0b3bd339.html
August 16, 2013
Op-ed article on the drug wars at the U.S.-Mexican border. The OUPblog is the official academic blog of Oxford University Press with more than 10,000 subscribers and 53,000 visitors per month. http://blog.oup.com/2013/08/cross-border-law-enforcement-us-mexico-border/
July 23, 2013
Interviewed for article about the the Witness Protection Program in context of the Whitey Bulger trial. Reprinted in the Houston Chronicle and Seattle Post Intelligencer. http://www.businessinsider.com/american-still-needs-witness-protection-2013-7
June 7, 2013
An audio clip from NPR's program "How to Do Everything" for tampering with the jury in mob cases. Episode 110 (the second story) http://howtodoeverything.org/
December 3, 2012
The Morningside Post (Columbia University's School of International and Public Affairs) on the "The Great Debate" (subject: Human Trafficking). December 3, 2012.
January 21, 2011
Interviewed on the Kerri Miller Show (NPR Minneapolis) on the subject of major organized crime indictments and their impacts. NPR Historic Mafia Arrests
July 2, 2011
The U.S. supreme Court's conclusion that gratuitously violent video games are “protected speech,” while depictions of sex are obscene, missed an important opportunity...
Richmond Times-Dispatch OpEd
January 29, 2011
An interview with the Irish Independent newspaper. "‘Why does it cost $2m to build a $1m building in New York?’” said Albanese. The Irish Independent
May 29, 2011
It's become easier to be armed, and the laws of self-defense favor private individuals more than ever...
April 27, 2010
Organized crime has been a part of American culture for more than a century...
Jay S. Albanese, Ph.D.
Jay Albanese is scheduled to make presentations in the following locations:
Presentations in 2017:
Washington, D.C. Philadelphia
Prague, Czech Republic
New York City