Tag:overcriminalization

  • Overcriminalization: N.C. criminal laws are a mess

    North Carolina suffers from a severe case of overcriminalization. We have more activities and actions classified as a crime, something worthy of public condemnation, than just about any state.   In addition, those crimes are scattered far and wide — not only in Chapter 14 of the General…

  • Regulatory closet gets summer cleaning

    Over the decades, state agencies and local governments have adopted a range of criminal penalties for offenses that, whatever their adverse social effects may be, don’t necessarily merit criminal prosecution.

  • Hispanic group joining push to end overcriminalization

    A recent event hosted by the Libre Institute highlighted an issue that’s gaining support across the ideological spectrum: Reforms in the criminal-justice system that would clean up the legal code, not only reducing penalties for nonviolent offenses but also removing many crimes from the books. “Each one of us is…

  • Friday Interview: The Overcriminalization of Federal Law

    RALEIGH — We’ve all heard the saying “There ought to be a law.” The person using the expression usually advocates a new law to ban some objectionable activity. But a proliferation of new laws can create its own problems. John Baker, professor emeritus of law at Louisiana State University, explained…