“Crisis of Overcriminalization”?
Overcriminalization refers to the idea that laws regulating public morality may result in a substantial diversion of police, prosecutorial, and judicial time, personnel and resources. While legislative views on morality may, legitimately, be included in crimes such as murder, rape and other violent crimes, they may inappropriately extend to other areas of our lives, such as our sexual preference (sodomy) and use of intoxicants (i.e. Prohibition). How far into the private lives of citizens may government-sanctioned views of morality properly intrude? Do you believe that a “crisis of overcriminalization” actually exists in the United States right now?