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The Wickersham Commission undertook the first federal assessment of law enforcement in the United States. It set up various committees on issues concerning the observance of Prohibition, the causes and costs of crime, the operation of federal courts, and the problem of official lawlessness. Part 1 includes the records of the Committee on Official Lawlessness, whose findings shocked the nation when they were published in 1931-1932. The Report on Lawlessness in Law Enforcement was a searing indictment of police misconduct and had a major impact on public policy. Part 1 consists of invaluable material on local criminal justice issues and includes transcripts of interviews with local crime reporters, police, politicians, and employees of the criminal justice system.

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