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    INTERVIEW: Heritage's Robert Alt on Overcriminalization

    Robert Alt is director of the Rule of Law Programs and senior legal fellow at The Heritage Foundation’s Center for Legal and Judicial Studies. He sat down with us to discuss Heritage’s Overcriminalization project. Q: How long have you been working on the Overcriminalization project? A: Five years. Overcriminalization was … More

    The FOCUS Act Hearing: When Silence Is an Admission

    The law sometimes reflects common sense.  Consider this example:  Innocent people don’t remain silent when accused of a crime or misconduct; they deny it.  Accordingly, it is reasonable to infer that such an accusation is true if someone doesn’t scream, “Not me.  I didn’t do it.”  In the law that … More

    Members of Congress Work to Rein In Overcriminalization in America

    What do a legendary guitar maker and a lobster importer have in common? Both are alleged to have run afoul of the Lacey Act, one of the most egregious, overcriminalized statutes on the books. Now some Members of Congress are working to inject some much-needed fairness into the justice system. … More

    The FOCUS Act and Federal Law Enforcement

    An article by Jon Adler at “Police: The Law Enforcement Magazine,” (Last viewed Apr. 11, 2012), written on behalf of the Federal Law Enforcement Officers Association (FLEOA) is quite critical of the recently-introduced Freedom from Over-Criminalization and Unjust Seizures (FOCUS) Act of 2012.  The thrust of the article is that … More

    New Crime, More Time: Are You A Foreign Outlaw?

    As part of an ongoing series, Heritage’s Center for Legal and Judicial Studies identifies a “Bill of the Week” which impacts overcriminalization in America. Not every Bill of the Week represents an unwise policy judgment.  This week we celebrate a bill entitled “The Freedom from Over-Criminalization and Unjust Seizures Act … More