From Representative Chip Roy:

R Street Institute:

“Overcriminalization, or the expanding number of laws that criminalize nonviolent behaviors, is a significant but overlooked factor in negative encounters with the police. Laws exist to be enforced, but when the law does not actually serve the purpose of promoting public safety then unnecessary interaction with the justice system is inevitable. 

The overcriminalization of America has turned everyday citizens into lawbreakers by adding to our criminal codes and turning nearly every conceivable misdeed into a criminal offense. Taking a survey of Federal laws to understand the full depth and breadth of overcriminalization will be a helpful step in reducing the number of burdensome laws.” – Jesse Kelley, Government Affairs Manager, Criminal Justice Policy for R Street Institute

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