Jail For Sale?

January 16, 2011

“So convinced were they that alcohol was the cause of virtually all crime that, on the eve of Prohibition, some towns actually sold their jails”

via On This Day: Prohibition Takes Effect in America.

I don’t think I’d want to buy a jail. Even cheap.

What did we learn from Prohibition? We should have learned that a few zealots can have a major impact on the laws of this country, that a vocal minority can ruin your weekend, and that not drinking is bad for you. Ok, I made the last one up, kinda, but we definitely should have learned the other two, but I doubt we did.