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April 2011 , Page 10 

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By Jack King; Ivan J. Dominguez

NACDL and Coalition Release ‘Criminal Law Checklist for Federal Legislators’

By Ivan J. Dominguez

As part of an ongoing, multi-front effort to rein in the burgeoning problem of overcriminalization, NACDL, joined by the Heritage Foundation and the Texas Public Policy Foundation, on Mar. 24, 2011, held a briefing on Capitol Hill for media and congressional staffers focused on overcriminalization in the Dodd-Frank Act. At that briefing, the groups released a Criminal Law Checklist for Federal Legislators. The checklist, which was jointly prepared and issued by the three organizations and the Washington Legal Foundation, provides common sense guidance for legislators considering the introduction or passage of any criminal law on the federal level.

“This checklist is another tool to rein in the twin problems of overcriminalization and the overfederalization of criminal law. NACDL is providing it to lawmakers as part of an ongoing effort in concert with like-minded organ
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