One Crime, Two Charges

At the beginning of Indiana’s prohibition, those who broke the law faced two prosecutions. They were first tried in the city or county court (depending on whether they were arrested by the police or the sheriff) for violating Indiana’s law. They then faced federal charges for violating the Reed Amendment. On top of that, sentences were served consecutively. In a few cases, the person’s federal trial didn’t start until they were released from jail for the state charge. Once the local courts became overwhelmed, prosecutions were left up to the feds.