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Overcriminalization

"Overcriminalization" describes the trends in America - and particulary in Congress - to use the criminal law to "solve" every problem, punish every mistake (instead of making proper use of civil penalties), and coerce Americans into conforming their behavior to satisfy social engineering objectives.

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Legislation

This Legislation database provides analysis on all bills in Congress that add or
modify federal criminal offenses or penalties.

Legislation Bill Sponsor State
S 978: A bill to amend the criminal penalty provision for criminal infringement of a copyright, and for other purposes. Klobuchar MN
S 104: A Bill To Amend the Ethics in Government Act of 1978 vitter LA
S 105: A bill to amend the Ethics in Government Act of 1978 to establish criminal penalties for knowingly and willfully falsifying or failing to file or report certain information required to be reported under that act. Vitter LA
HR 3623: A bill to amend the Food, Conservation and Energy Act of 2008 to provide funding for successful claimants following a determination on the merits of Pigford claims related to racial discrimination by the Department of Agriculture. Davis AL
S 3166: A bill to amend the Immigration and Nationality Act to impose criminal penalties on individuals who assist aliens who have engaged in genocide, torture, or extrajudicial killings to enter the United States. Sessions AL
HR 373: A bill to amend the Immigration and Nationality Act to render inadmissible and deportable certain aliens convicted of drunk driving, and for other purposes. Flake AZ
S 3288: A bill to amend the Internal Revenue Code to reduce tobacco smuggling, and for other purposes. Lautenberg NJ
HR 6260: A bill to amend the Real Estate Settlement Procedures Act of 1974 to prohibit certain transfer fees and covenants in connection with the sale of real property. Waters CA
S 3599: A bill to amend Title 18, United States Code, to add crimes committed in Indian country or exclusive federal jurisdiction as racketeering predicates. Kyl AZ
HR 7224: A bill to amend title 18, United States Code, to create an offense for misuse in communications of a registered mark. Cannon UT
HR 6391: A bill to amend Title 18, United States Code, to prohibit public officials from engaging in undisclosed self-dealing. Weiner NY
HR 4973: A bill to amend Title 18, United States Code, to provide criminal penalties for the destruction of memorials, headstones, markers and graves commemorating persons serving in the armed forces on private property. poe TX
HR 6544: A bill to amend Title 18, United States Code, to provide for the protection of the general public, and for other purposes. Conyers MI
HR 6777: A bill to amend Title 18, United States Code, to provide penalties for displaying nooses in public with intent to harass or intimidate a person because of that person’s race, color, religion, or national origin. Lee TX
HR 5127: A bill to amend Title 31, United States Code, to establish a reporting requirement for any stored value device carried out of, into or through the United States, to establish registration requirements for stored value programs, and for other purposes. Giffords AZ
HR 1826: A bill to amend title 38, United States Code, to reinstate criminal penalties for persons charging veterans unauthorized fees. Bilirakis FL
HR 5648: A bill to amend Title 38, United States Code, to reinstate criminal penalties for persons charging veterans unauthorized fees. Bilirakis FL
HR 775: A bill to amend title 44, United States Code, to require any organization that is established for the purpose of raising funds for creating, maintaining, expanding, or conducting activities at a Presidential archival depository or any facilities relating to a Presidential archival depository to disclose the sources and amounts of any funds raised, and for other purposes. Duncan TN
S 3198: A bill to amend title 46, United States Code, with respect to the navigation of submersible or semi-submersible vessels without nationality. Lautenberg NJ
HR 7204: A bill to amend title 49 jackson-lee TX
HR 5769: A bill to direct the Federal Trade Commission to revise the Telemarketing Sales Rule to explicitly prohibit the sending of a text message containing an unsolicited advertisement to a cellular telephone number listed on the national do-not-call registry. gingrey GA
S 3219: A bill to enhance penalties for violations of securities protections that involve targeting seniors. Casey PA
HR 371: A Bill To Improve Agricultural Job Opportunities berman CA
S 130: A bill to prohibit authorized committees and leadership PACs from employing the spouse or immediate family members of any candidate or Federal office holder connected to the committee. Vitter LA
S 812: A Bill To Prohibit Human Cloning And Protect Stem hatch UT