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The Overcriminalization Phenomenon

This article chronicles the recent rapid expansion and federalization of the criminal law, and the political forces that have driven it. The author argues that society has gone too far, "overcriminalizing" morally unobjectionable activities and resorting to criminal prosecutions to address social problems that could be better handled through regulation or civil enforcement.

Erik Luna, 54 Am. U.L. Rev. 703 (2005)



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