Law Observance: Shall the People of the United States Uphold the Constitution?

By W. Durant C. | Go to book overview

CONTINUOUS STUDY OF CRIME CAUSES

Harwell G. Davis Former Attorney General, Alabama

IT is possible to progress toward making more effective the 18th Amendment only by discovering the causes for the prevalent lax enforcement of the laws enacted in accordance with its mandate and by finding the means or forces by which the conditions or circumstances contributing to this particular class of lawlessness can be eliminated.

A survey of criminal conditions in the United States discloses a serious disregard for many laws. The statutes passed to make effective the 18th Amendment to the Constitution are not the only criminal statutes frequently and flagrantly violated.

A committee appointed by the American Bar Association to study crime conditions reported "that the criminal situation in the United States, so far as crimes of violence are concerned, is worse than in any other civilized country."

Every reliable source of information aids in establishing the sad failure of constituted authority to adequately cope with lawlessness in this country. From this it is a logical conclusion that many of the causes of the failure to enforce the prohibition laws are causes which contribute to the failure to enforce virtually all criminal laws.


All Crimes Aided by Each Crime

Crimes of various characters are so interlinked that to eliminate a cause contributing to the lack of proper enforcement of any particular crime it is essential to eliminate it as a contributing factor to all lawlessness.

One of the principal reasons why lawlessness exists to such an alarming extent is because constituted authority in the United States is not as well organized nor as efficient in the use of scientific means and modern methods to

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