Expansion of the federal role in law enforcement

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Unformatted text preview: Expansion of the federal role in law enforcement Passage of the Harrison Act (1914) and the Volstead Act (1919) expanded the scope of federal jurisdiction over criminal activity. The Harrison Act required physicians marketing drugs to register with the government and pay taxes. To enforce the federal government's first drug law, Congress created the Drug Enforcement Administration . The Volstead Act banned the manufacture, distribution, and sale of alcoholic beverages. To enforce the dry law, Congress established the Bureau of Prohibition (which was a forerunner of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, and Firearms, a branch of the Treasury Department). Both drug prohibition laws had the unintended consequences of providing an impetus for the growth of organized crime and causing epidemics of police corruption. Pressure on the police to do something to enforce these unpopular, unenforceable laws encouraged...
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