Tag Archive: overcriminalization

  • Ban the Box

    | November 9, 2015 | Add a comment

    There are about 70 million adults with criminal records in America today. Because there are so many, lowering the recidivism rate has become one of the main goals in reforming the criminal justice system. In order to do this, it is essential that laws make it easier for those coming … »

  • Prison Release without Parolee Preparation Risks Recidivism

    and | October 28, 2015 | Add a comment

    Beginning October 30 and continuing to November 2, the U.S. Justice Department will release up to 6,000 inmates from federal prisons. This is part of an effort to decrease overcrowding in prisons and to give prisoners who were convicted of non-violent drug charges in the 1980s and 90s a fairer … »

  • Pew and Utah Lead the Way on Justice Reform in the States

    | October 8, 2015 | Add a comment

    On Thursday, October 1, members of The Pew Charitable Trusts hosted a discussion panel, where Utah Governor Gary Herbert and United States Senator Orin Hatch spoke on how Utah’s 2015 criminal justice reforms could serve as a model throughout the country. Speaking on the panel were ALEC member and Utah … »

  • Criminal Justice Reform on the Big Stage

    | August 22, 2015 | Add a comment

    It’s an exciting time for criminal justice reform. In fact, at the first Republican Presidential debate, Ohio Governor John Kasich touted his record on criminal justice reform: “[W]e are rehabbing the drug-addicted. Eighty percent of the people in our prisons have addiction problems. We now treat them in prisons, release … »

  • Federal Complexities Cause Overcriminalization of America

    | May 11, 2015 | Add a comment

    In addition to state and local laws, more than 4,500 federal criminal laws and an estimated 300,000 federal regulations carrying potential criminal penalties threaten to place Americans on the wrong side of the criminal justice system. The incredible number of criminal laws and regulations means that average people and business … »

  • 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 … »