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

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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.

Official Handicaps
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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