Overcriminalization: It Can Be Complex or Simple but It Is Always Wrong
Please see this excellent article by Norman L. Reimer, Executive Director of the National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers (NACDL), which discusses the efforts made by the NACDL and others to combat the scourge of overcriminalization. This article appeared in the official publication of the NACDL: The Champion Magazine. The National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers has been in the vanguard of the effort to address this important public policy issue, which affects everyone from high level business executives to needy individuals applying for food stamps. Norm discusses the deleterious effect overcriminalization has on our criminal justice system and the impact upon our society. He also discusses the United States v. Clay case as an example of an outrageous government prosecution. The NACDL has been one of the leading organization bringing this issue to the attention of lawmakers and offers tangible solutions to this problem, including the use of administrative and civil proceedings as an alternative to criminal prosecutions.