Arresting Overcriminalization and Right-Sizing the Criminal Justice System

Solutions to rein in overcriminalization at the state level include (1) enacting American Legislative Exchange Council model legislation on default mens rea and rule of lenity, (2) reducing and revising criminal laws, (3) narrowing what’s criminal and jailable, (4) establishing a holistic review process, (5) enacting American Legislative Exchange Council transparency and accountability in criminal law measure, (6) instituting procedural safeguards to slow growth in new criminal laws, (7) suppressing unnecessary arresting, (8) enacting reforms to strengthen alternatives for holding nonviolent offenders accountable, and (9) removing barriers to employment reentry.

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