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The Overlooked Harm of Overregulation on the U.S. Economy and Each Person in It

Dustin Siggins | Posted 02.18.2015 | Politics
Dustin Siggins

The subtle and damaging effects of overregulation can be found in the price of gas, milk, iPhones, and the unemployment rate -- even if they tend to be less obvious, and less sexy, to the media than police breaking down doors.

The Devil's Bargain: The Illusion of a Trouble-Free Existence in the American Police State

John W. Whitehead | Posted 01.13.2015 | Politics
John W. Whitehead

Who is really to blame when the wool gets pulled over your eyes: you, for believing the con man, or the con man for being true to his nature?

Is America Being Turned Into a War Zone?

John W. Whitehead | Posted 10.20.2014 | Politics
John W. Whitehead

Far from being a shining example of democracy at work, we have become a lesson for the world in how quickly freedom turns to tyranny, how slippery the slope by which a once-freedom-loving people can be branded, shackled and fooled into believing that their prisons walls are, in fact, for their own protection.

The Tyranny of the Nanny State, Where the Government Knows What's Best for You

John W. Whitehead | Posted 10.11.2014 | Politics
John W. Whitehead

Having allowed the government to expand and exceed our reach, we find ourselves on the losing end of a tug-of-war over control of our country and our lives.

Matt Sledge

Prosecutor Tells Black Congressmembers The War On Drugs Isn't Racist

HuffingtonPost.com | Matt Sledge | Posted 05.30.2014 | Politics

McGruff the Crime Dog and Nancy Reagan must have been busy. Two former federal prosecutors testifying at a House Judiciary hearing on Friday said the ...

Criminal Injustice

Rep. John Conyers | Posted 07.21.2014 | Politics
Rep. John Conyers

For decades, Congress has implemented policies that distort America's criminal justice system and tip the scales of justice in favor of punishment over rehabilitation. As a matter of civil rights and basic justice, our criminal justice system must change.

The 50-Billion-Dollar Question

Jim Liske | Posted 06.18.2014 | Crime
Jim Liske

For decades, "tough on crime" policies contributed to the explosive growth of the prison population -- and the amount of money we spend on locking people up.

Slowly, A Consensus Emerges To Oppose The Security State

Radley Balko | Posted 01.23.2014 | Politics

From a new Reason/Rupe poll (pdf): Do you think local police departments using drones, military weapons and armored vehicles are necessary for...

16-Year-Old Student Arrested For 'Science Experiment'

The Huffington Post | Rebecca Klein | Posted 05.03.2013 | Crime

What Kiera Wilmot claims started as a harmless experiment is now a nightmare for the 16-year-old Florida native. Wilmot, a Bartow High School stude...

Move Over, Traffic Court, It's Time for a New Money-Making Scheme: School Truancy Laws That Jail Parents and Levy Excessive Fines

John W. Whitehead | Posted 05.11.2013 | Politics
John W. Whitehead

Under this increasingly popular system of truancy enforcement, instead of giving students detention or some other in-school punishment for "unauthorized" absences, schools are now opting to fine parents and force them, or their kids, to serve jail time.

The Overcriminalization of America: Are We All Criminals Now?

John W. Whitehead | Posted 10.06.2012 | Crime
John W. Whitehead

What happened to Michael Salman -- armed police raids of his property, repeated warnings against holding any form of Bible study at his home, and a court-ordered probation banning him from having any gatherings of more than 12 people at his home -- should never have happened in America.

Whose Prosecution Is it Anyway?

Andrea Lyon | Posted 10.10.2011 | Crime
Andrea Lyon

There is a battle for state's rights in an unusual locale -- Rhode Island. It has to do with a man, Jason Pleau, who is charged with murder for gunning down a gas station manager outside a Woonsocket bank in that state.

One Week in the Life of a Police State

John W. Whitehead | Posted 07.31.2011 | Politics
John W. Whitehead

One couple was simply holding each other in an affectionate embrace and swaying, only to be forcibly separated and handcuffed. "I'm not shutting up. You cannot shut me up," shouted one of the dancers.

Legislature Restrains Its Compulsion to Overcriminalize Colorado

Mike Krause | Posted 07.05.2011 | Denver
Mike Krause

The Colorado legislature has taken a modest step towards restraining its penchant for overcriminalizing the lives of Coloradans. Let's hope it makes us all a little bit freer from an often overweening state.

Heritage Foundation Slams Anti-Child Rape Bill As "Overcriminalization"

Media Matters Action Network | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

By implying stricter penalties on child sex offenders is an example of Big Government overreaching its authority in order to punish "trivial conduct,"...