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Revisiting the Explosive Growth of Federal Crimes

Professor Baker examines the significant growth in federal criminal offenses and counts at least 4,450 federal crimes. He interprets his results and includes a discussion of the troubling tendency of federal statutes to dispense of traditional mens rea requirements. In an appendix, Professor Baker lists all the new federal crimes written into the code from 2000 through 2007.

John S. Baker, Jr., Heritage Foundation Legal Memorandum 26, June 2008



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