Overcriminalized America

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May 3, 2011
National Review
by Mahsy Saeidi-Azcue  
Posted in Commentary

"'Overcriminalization' refers to the recent trend in Congress to use the criminal law to 'fix' every publicized issue — a horrendous waste of government spending. Essentially, our representatives are criminalizing conduct that should be regulated by civil or administrative means. Overcriminalization has left U.S. Attorneys with a wide selection of crimes with which to charge people: There are over 4,500 federal crimes and over 300,000 regulations with criminal penalties. Not surprisingly, many of these obscure laws have led to unreasonable arrests and unjust prosecutions." (05/02/11)


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