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  • Ten-Year-Old Arrested for Bringing Toy Gun to School

    Last week, a ten-year-old Alexandria, Virginia, boy was arrested and charged with brandishing a weapon, according to The Washington Examiner. This is a very serious charge that will stick with the boy. The “weapon” that the fifth-grader brought to school was a plastic toy gun with a bright orange cap … More

    Overcriminalization Ruins Lives

    The story of the late Dr. Peter Gleason, a Maryland psychiatrist who devoted much of his practice to serving the poor and underserved populations, is a tragic reminder of the real-life impact that overcriminalization can have on individuals. Before a drug can be sold in the United States, it must … More

    Couple Faces Jail Time for Saving Baby Deer's Life (VIDEO)

    An Indiana couple is facing up to 60 days in jail and $2,000 in fines for saving a deer from death. Jeff Counceller, a police officer, and his wife Jennifer spotted an injured baby deer on their neighbor’s porch. Instead of turning a blind eye to the dying fawn, the … More

    Jail Time for Offensive Facebook Postings?

    How many people would be in jail if annoying or offending a person were against the law? The answer: pretty much everyone. If you think that you might be one of these people and you like to send information electronically, there are a few places you should probably avoid. Vernon … More

    Overcriminalization: Jail Time for Charging a Cell Phone, Drying Clothes

    Did you know that you could be put in jail for charging your cell phone? Or for hanging your clothes out to dry? These are just two examples of recent events illustrating the burden that overcriminalization puts on the poorest among us. Late last month, a homeless Floridaman, 28-year-old Darren … More

    Do We Need a New Law to Make Stealing Illegal?

    Everyone agrees that stealing should be a crime. Theft has been an offense in every society that has recognized property rights. Theft was a crime under the English common law; every state outlaws theft today; and theft of federal property (or property in interstate commerce) is a crime under federal … More

    Mother of 3-Year-Old Fined $2,500 for Toddler's "Public Urination"

    Justice is flowing like a river for an Oklahoma mom. A Piedmont police officer was fired for writing an excessively hefty fine for her three-year-old’s “public urination” on the family’s property. Ashley Warden was fined $2,500 earlier this month after three-year-old Dillan pulled down his pants to urinate on his … More

    Paperwork Errors Can Send You to Prison

    Under a recently proposed rule, a clerical error could send someone to prison for five years. In the latest attempt to criminalize seemingly every aspect of our lives, a group of federal bureaucrats in the Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Administration (PHMSA), an agency within the Transportation Department, recently proposed a … More

    Fowl Statutory Language Puts the Innocent at Risk

    Eating a dead animal that you find on your property may be gross, but it may also be criminal. A Texas man recently learned this lesson. A white-winged dove flew into the side of Ryan Adams’s home and died on impact. White-winged doves are popular among hunters because of their … More

    INTERVIEW: Norman Reimer on Overcriminalization

    Norman Reimer is executive director of the National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers (NACDL). He sat down with us to discuss his organization’s efforts to combat overcriminalization. How did NACDL become involved with overcriminalization? The National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers has always opposed the overly expansive use of criminal … More