05 was illegal. However, although the U.S.
government took the initiative to enact the law, the
enforcement of it was severely lacking for several reasons.
First, responsibility was given to the Department of the
Treasury, not the Department of Justice. This resulted in
agents with little to no training in the skills required to
execute their duties. Second, these agents received scant
salaries that eventually lead to widespread corruption and
bribery. In fact, from 1920 to 1926, 148 enforcement employees
were convicted of bribery or other alcohol-related offenses.
Although the original intent of the Eighteenth Amendment was
to lower crime and increase public morale, it mainly served as
a catalyst for crime and violence. In 1926, a Senate
investigation discovered that most of the illegal