The Federal Government and Organized Crime

Archive Report

New Federal Effort for Suppression on Crime

Passage at the last session of Congress of a series of measures increasing the categories of federal crimes and closing legal loopholes opened a new era in the relations between the federal government and the states with respect to law enforcement. The resort by criminals to speedy methods of transportation and communication has made it increasingly difficult for local and state police officials, with limited territorial jurisdiction, to cope with the crime problem. The federal government, following its successful prosecution of kidnapers under the so-called Lindbergh law, found public opinion favorable to an extension of its jurisdiction to other classes of crimes with which state and local officials seemed powerless to deal.

The tendency toward centralization which has affected ...

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