Urge to regulate leads to overcriminalization

From Cato Institute.

From federal agencies independently attaching jail time to otherwise noncriminal behavior to U.S. lawmakers punishing crimes best dealt with by states, the problem of overcriminalization is growing. Molly M. Gill of Families Against Mandatory Minimums argues that the urge to regulate and delegate is a powerful one for federal lawmakers, but there should be clear areas of agreement to reduce the range of activity subject to criminal penalties.