12 Steps for Overcoming Overcriminalization

In 2010, the Texas Public Policy Foundation published a checklist titled “Analyze before You Criminalize.” The checklist was—and still is—intended to assist legislators in halting the rise of overcriminalization. Policymakers welcomed the checklist, but many consistently asked a follow-up question: “This checklist helps us prevent new overcriminalization, but how do we reverse the overcriminalization that has already occurred?” Here are some answers.

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