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The prime function of the criminal law is to protect our persons and our property; these purposes are now engulfed in a mass of other distracting, inefficiently performed, legislative duties. When the criminal law invades the spheres of private morality and social welfare, it exceeds its proper limits at the cost of neglecting its primary tasks. This unwarranted extension is expensive, ineffective, and criminogenic.

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Submitted by Normando on June 21, 2019

Norval Morris

Source: The Honest Politician's Guide to Crime Control by Norval Morris and Gordon Hawkins

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