Tag Archive: overcriminalization

  • With Declining Recidivism Rates, South Carolina Closes Minimum Security Prison

    | February 27, 2015 | Add a comment

    South Carolina announced Tuesday, February 25th that the state would be closing a minimum security prison. This will be the second minimum security prison closing in South Carolina within a year, and is the result of declining recidivism rates—the rate at which offenders relapse into criminal behavior. In 2010, South … »

  • Supreme Court rules in Yates v. United States

    | February 25, 2015 | Add a comment

    Earlier today, the Supreme Court issued a decision in the case of Yates v. United States. Previously written about on these pages, the case arose when Mr. Yates was accused of violating the anti-document shredding provision of the Sarbanes-Oxley Act, legislation passed shortly after the 2001 Enron scandal, for throwing … »

  • VIDEO: How Big Government Makes a Criminal of Every American

    | February 10, 2015 | Add a comment

    Listen to the stories of Bobby Unser, a three-time Indianapolis 500 champion who was charged with committing a crime in his fight to survive, and Mr. and Mrs. Denicore, a couple who fought back when facing charges for their children’s tardiness at school.     For Bobby Unser and his … »

  • 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 … »