Criminal Offenses Enacted from 2008-2013 [June 23, 2014]   [open pdf - 326KB]

This is a Memorandum to the Crime, Terrorism, Homeland Security and Investigations Subcommittee of the House Committee on the Judiciary. The statistics found in this research were used by Steven D. Benjamin, National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, before the House Committee on the Judiciary Over-Criminalization Task Force regarding "The Crimes on the Books and Committee Jurisdiction" on July 25, 2014. "This memorandum provides an examination of new offenses added to the United States Code from 2008 to 2013. Four hundred and thirty nine (439) offenses were added during this period. This information was compiled by searching the LexisNexis 'United States Code Service' database using the following search strategy: history (2008 or 2009 or 2010 or 2011 or 2012 or 2013) and text (prison! or imprison! or fine! or felony or misdemeanor or (knowing! or willful! w/5violat!)). Please note, our research was limited in several ways. First, while we have made an effort to make the provided information fully inclusive, there is the possibility that some relevant statutes were not identified using our search terms. For example, our search may not include statutes that might reference another statute that details the penalty for a particular crime or statutes that might not explicitly give a penalty. Second, we did not run searches in other versions of the Code to catch potential database irregularities. Third, we did not search the 'Code of Federal Regulations' to identify regulatory crimes. Finally, we did not attempt to identify crimes that may have been enacted and eliminated during the time frame searched."

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