It has been estimated that 70% of Americans have inadvertently done something that would send them to prison. Another estimate is that the average professional commits three felonies a day. The problem is that government, so eager to regulate the populace for its own good, has passed too many laws and issues too many regulations with the force of law, and violations are going to be punished.
George Will, discussing the case of Eric Garner, who was killed by police enforcing the law against black market cigarettes, discusses the problem of “overcriminalization” by reviewing two books on the subject written a few years ago: Douglas Husak, Overcriminalization: The Limits of the Criminal Law and Harvey Silverglate, Three Felonies A Day: How the Feds Target the Innocent. [Read more...]