Rep. Jim Sensenbrenner, R-Wisc., and nine Over-Criminalization Task Force colleagues will conduct months of hearings on how to rein in the growing list of federal crimes.

Bipartisan Task Force Looks to Cut List of 4,500 Federal Crimes

Vague, misused and draconian laws go on the chopping block.

Rep. Jim Sensenbrenner, R-Wisc., and nine Over-Criminalization Task Force colleagues will conduct months of hearings on how to rein in the growing list of federal crimes.

Rep. Jim Sensenbrenner, R-Wisc., and nine Over-Criminalization Task Force colleagues will conduct months of hearings on how to trim the growing list of federal crimes.

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But the ACLU is hopeful about the process.

"At a time of historically low rates of crime, the federal prison system is operating at almost 40 percent over capacity," the civil liberties group noted in a Friday statement. "A recent report by the Congressional Research Service found that the federal prison population has grown by almost 790 percent since 1980."

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