MORE JUDGES, MORE AGENTS R. Q. Merrick Prohibition Administrator Virginia, South Carolina, North CarolinaMY recommendations are marie after 23 years of continuous service in this same line of work, an experience in efforts of enforcement which extends from New
York State as far south as Florida and as far west as Wisconsin, Illinois and Missouri.I shall first state why prohibition has apparently failed.
I shall then give the remedy.
Why National Prohibition Has Apparently Failed
|1. ||Inadequate appropriations by congress. A force of
only 2,400 agents has been expected to enforce the National
Prohibition Act in the United States, Alaska, Hawaii and Porto Rico whereas the City of New York has been provided with 15,000 policemen.|
|2. ||The congested condition of the United States court
dockets. The National Prohibition Act gives concurrent
jurisdiction to the states and the majority of the states have
dodged their responsibility and have "passed the buck" to
the federal authorities and thereby turned the United States
district courts into police courts until the present court
machinery cannot take care of the cases brought by the federal prohibition agents.|
|3. ||A heavy handicap to prohibition enforcement is indifferent and antagonistic judges who give all the "breaks"
to the defendants, criticize the officers, and after a conviction
is procured impose a ridiculously light sentence which
makes a travesty of justice.|
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Book title: Law Observance:Shall the People of the United States Uphold the Constitution?.
Contributors: W. Durant C. - Editor.
Publisher: Durant Award Office.
Place of publication: New York.
Publication year: 1929.
Page number: 365.
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