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May 05

One Nation Under Arrest: How Crazy Laws, Rogue Prosecutors, and Activist Judges Threaten Your Liberty

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America is in the throes of overcriminalization: We are making and enforcing far too many vague, overbroad criminal laws that create traps for the innocent but unwary and threaten to make criminals out of Americans doing their best to be respectable, law-abiding citizens. Changes in criminal law and practice over the past few decades present troubling questions about the fairness of our criminal justice system as it affects the average American. Policy makers and average citizens alike must address these questions, analyze them, and subject them to serious, vigorous debate.

One Nation Under Arrest is a product of a major effort to return the criminal law to its traditional and proper role in society: ensuring public safety and protecting the innocent. With first-hand stories of victims of overcriminalization, One Nation Under Arrest sheds light on the insidious problems that trouble a growing number of policy makers and experts and which bear on the fundamental values of the Republic and our concept of justice. Overcriminalization has the potential of making almost everyone in America a criminal defendant. Ensuring that American criminal law once again routinely employs the right principles and purposes will require much work, but the alternative is to squander the great treasure that is the American criminal justice system.

More About the Speakers

Orin Kerr
Professor of Law,
The George Washington University Law School

Brian W. Walsh
Senior Legal Fellow,
Center for Legal and Judicial Studies,
The Heritage Foundation

Paul Rosenzweig
Visiting Legal Scholar,
Center for Legal and Judicial Studies,
The Heritage Foundation

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Edwin Meese III Edwin Meese III

Ronald Reagan Distinguished Fellow Emeritus Read More