Tag: prison population

The Federal Prison Population Buildup: Overview, Policy Changes, Issues, and Options – CRS Report R42937

The Federal Prison Population Buildup: Overview, Policy Changes, Issues, and Options – CRS Report R42937

Since the early 1980s, there has been a historically unprecedented increase in the federal prison population. Some of the growth is attributable to changes in federal criminal justice policy during the previous three decades. An issue before Congress is whether policymakers consider the rate of growth in the federal prison population sustainable, and if not, […]

Criminal intent, mens rea, and the burgeoning prison population

Criminal intent, mens rea, and the burgeoning prison population

Why are so many people in prison in America? “Overcriminalization” describes the trend in America – and particularly 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. Criminal law […]