Examples Of Overcriminalization

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OVERCRIMINALIZATION CRISIS Overcriminalization Crisis University of Phoenix CJA/343 Criminal Law Marcia Salinas August 4, 2009 In America, “overcriminalization” is described as a trend, particularly favored by Congress, to use criminal law as a mean to solving every problem, punishing every mistake and coercing American citizens into a conforming to a behavior and lifestyle which would satisfy the objectives set forth by social engineering.(Heritage, 2008) Many who oppose overcriminalization say it is just a way for government to pry itself into the American people's private lives. (Heritage, 2008) Ideally, criminal law should only be used to address conduct which society as a whole believes to be deserving…show more content…
(Kozinski, 2009) The passing of this act was to ensure that corporate and union officials were held responsible for broadcasting any kind of advertisement 30 days prior to a primary and 60 days before a general election very much knowingly. (Kozinski, 2009) However, the Free Congress Foundation insists that all the act really did was restrain the freedom of speech and most importantly the political freedom for individuals to take part in a debate before any election. (Kozinski, 2009) Furthermore, the American public is denied of information valuable to them in time of voting. (Kozinski, 2009) Keeping vital issues from the public should definitely not be a crime. (Kozinski,…show more content…
(Masters, 2005) The actual body of federal criminal law is uncertain. (Masters, 2005) Only estimates and assumptions have been reported. (Masters, 2005) It has been stated that the Congressional Research Services have not even counted the up to date number of crimes. (Masters, 2005) In 1998 the American Bar Association said there was a surplus of 3,300 separate offenses. (Masters, 2005) The past 30 years alone have been responsible for over 40 percent of the enacted federal laws. (Masters, 2005) Arrayed over 50 titles of the U.S. Code, these laws span a rough 27,000 pages. (Masters, 2005) According to G. Masters, author of Crisis in America: Over-criminalization, this issue is driven by, "...the appetite for more federal criminal laws is driven principally by political consideration, and not by any consideration of whether particular laws are intrinsically federal in nature. The growth of 'public welfare' offenses will, therefore, be restrained (if at all) only by a public or a court system educated as to the need for restraint.” (Masters,

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