Criminal Code Modernization and Simplification Act of 2011: Hearing Before the Subcommittee on Crime, Terrorism, and Homeland Security of the Committee on the Judiciary, House of Representatives, One Hundred Twelfth Congress, First Session on H.R. 1823, December 13, 2011   [open pdf - 1MB]

From the opening statement of F. James Sensenbrenner: "Today's hearing continues the Subcommittee's bipartisan review of overcriminalization and overfederalization that began last Congress. Hearings convened in the last Congress by my colleague, Mr. Scott, resurrected important policy discussions that had been dormant for over 2 decades about the breadth and scope of Federal criminal law. Today, the Subcommittee will examine legislation I have sponsored in this Congress and the preceding three Congresses to reform the Federal Criminal Code. There are an estimated 4,500 Federal crimes in the U.S. Code today. According to a study by the Heritage Foundation, over the last 3 decades Congress has been averaging 500 new crimes per decade. It has been over 50 years since the Criminal Code was last revised. The existing Criminal Code is riddled with provisions that are either outdated or simply inconsistent with more recent modifications to reflect today's modern approach to criminal law. H.R. 1823, the 'Criminal Code Modernization and Simplification Act of 2011,' reforms and codifies Title 18 of the U.S. Code. This is not a frivolous exercise. As my colleagues and our witnesses know, this effort to reform the Federal Criminal Code has resulted in a bill that exceeds 1,200 pages in length. And this bill encompasses only part 1 of Title 18. If nothing else, the sheer volume of this bill brings into specific focus the breadth of the Criminal Code and the need to reform it." Statements, letters, and materials submitted for the record include those of the following: F. James Sensenbrenner, Jr., Robert C. Scott, John Conyers, Jr., Edwin Meese, III, Dick Thornburgh, Tim Lynch, and Stephen Saltzburg.

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