by Paul Larkin
The Heritage Foundation
May 09, 2014
The Heritage Foundation and others have criticized the modern-day phenomenon known as “overcriminalization,” the neologism given to the overuse and misuse of the criminal law. While some claim that the critics of overcriminalization are making a mountain out of a molehill, numerous respected individuals and organizations believe that overcriminalization is sufficiently widespread that it merits Congress’s attention and remediation. Indeed, overcriminalization undeniably is a serious problem in every case in which it occurs because, as the Rev. Martin Luther King, Jr., wrote in his famous letter from the Birmingham jail, “Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere.” Congress should adopt reasonable remedies to prevent injustices from reoccurring.



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