The United States Is Suffering From Overcriminalization

(Editor’s Note: When so many normal human activities become crimes you know the nation is in decline. It has always been thus: “The more corrupt the republic, the more numerous the laws.” — Cornelius Tacitus, 55-117 AD, Roman historian)

From federal agencies independently attaching jail time to otherwise noncriminal behavior to lawmakers punishing crimes best dealt with by states, the problem of overcriminalization in the United States is growing. Molly M. Gill of Families Against Mandatory Minimums argues that the urge to regulate and delegate is a powerful one for federal lawmakers, but there should be clear areas of agreement to reduce the range of activity subject to criminal penalties.

  • NobodysaysBOO

    NO this issue is going BOTH ways,by that I mean that the laws for ILLEGAL ALIENS in our country are WEAK with NO jail time, ILLEGAL ISRAELI JEWS
    get a free pass for ANYTHING they STEAL, while American tax paying citizens GO TO JAIL for almost NOTHING!!!

  • ToM

    What’s to trust about the CATO Institute? Too many federal crimes. The federal government is completely criminal…all of them. Guilty of treason, guilty of theft, guilty, guilty, guilty.

    …unfortunately nobody applies them unless it promotes the sociopaths in office right now.

    Criminal? Eric Holder and the rest of the Obama Cabal belong in prison.

  • Frank

    It is called tyranny! Not Overcriminalization. Talk about Newspeak!