Tag Archive: overcriminalization

  • Criminalizing America: System Error

    | January 20, 2015 | Add a comment

    Watch this entrepreneur explain how he was targeted and raided by the federal government for breaking a law, despite language in the law that explicitly said he was acting legally.   Bradford Councilman had a business, Interloc, Inc., that utilized an internet database for customers to upload their inventory of … »

  • VIDEO: Criminalizing America –Flushed Away

    | December 29, 2014 | Add a comment

    Watch the story of Lawrence Lewis, an engineer who was charged for unknowingly committing a crime by simply doing his job the way it had been done before him. Lawrence Lewis worked at a military retirement home in Washington, D.C. that had problems with flooding. Lewis’ job was to contain … »

  • Michigan’s absurd laws criminalize the population

    | December 8, 2014 | Add a comment

    This article appeared on DetroitNews.com December 4, 2014. Did you know that Michigan has a higher incarceration rate than Iran, Russia and Cuba? This is partly because Michigan state law, like that of other states and the federal government, has gone overboard in criminalizing activities that are not inherently wrong. … »

  • Supreme Court to Hear Overcriminalization Case in Yates v. United States

    | November 5, 2014 | Add a comment

    Today, the United States Supreme Court heard arguments in the case of John L. Yates v. United States of America. Mr. Yates is accused of violating the anti-document shredding provision of the Sarbanes-Oxley Act, legislation passed shortly after the 2001 Enron scandal, for throwing three undersized red grouper overboard after … »

  • Criminalizing America – Cultivating a Felon

    | October 27, 2014 | Add a comment

    Hear the story of George Norris, a 67-year old hobbyist, was convicted and sent to prison for failure to comply with obscure laws involving his small business – selling orchids from his backyard. George Norris, a 67-year old hobbyist, developed a small business selling imported orchids out of his backyard … »

  • Number of Federal Prisoners Declines for First Time Since 1980

    | October 14, 2014 | Add a comment

    In September, the Bureau of Justice Statistics released their annual report on the prison population of the United States. In 2013 an estimated 1,574,700 prisoners were held under the legal authority of state and federal correctional officials–a figure that excludes the population of local jails. This is an increase in … »

  • Arkansas Should Consider Policies Proven to Work—Not New Prisons

    | October 3, 2014 | 1 Comment

    By: Pat Nolan and Cara Sullivan Arkansas’ prison population has grown 17% more in the last year than in any of the past fifteen years and it is expected to keep growing throughout the next five years. The Arkansas General Assembly recently met to discuss and approve over $6 million … »

  • Prison Overcrowding Threatens Public Safety and State Budgets

    | April 8, 2014 | Add a comment

    Audrey Williams How many people are actually locked up in the United States? Well, as it turns out, it’s hard to say. Inconsistent and fragmentary data has made piecing together the “whole pie” of U.S. federal, state, local and other types of confinement data difficult. Lucky for us, the Prison … »

  • The Overfederalization of Crime in America

    | March 31, 2014 | 1 Comment

    In March 2013, Anthony Brasfield released a dozen heart-shaped balloons in the air as a romantic gesture for his girlfriend. After a Florida Highway Patrol officer spotted the gesture, Brasfield was charged with polluting to harm humans, animals and plants—a third degree felony punishable by up to five years in … »

  • Overcriminalization Interview with Jason Lewis

    | March 25, 2014 | Add a comment

    On March 24, Cara Sullivan went on The Jason Lewis Show to discuss the importance of criminal justice reforms, which include mandatory minimum sentencing reform, criminal intent requirements within the law, provisional licensing and the pervasiveness of overcriminalization in America. Cara is the director of ALEC’s Justice Performance Project, which … »