Al Capone

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


 
 
 
 
 
 



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