The Texas Public Policy Foundation recently published 12 Steps for Overcoming Overcriminalization. Among its suggestions: identify and amend laws with weak or nonexistent mens rea requirements; establish a default mens rea for criminal statutes silent on this issue; enact the Rule of Lenity -- a canon of statutory construction -- as a statute; and eliminate the delegation to administrative agencies of the power to make criminal offenses of rules violations.
A 12 Step Program For Overcriminalization
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