Dervan testifies before House Judiciary Committee's Over-Criminalization Task Force

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Dervan testifies before House Judiciary Committee's Over-Criminalization Task Force

November 14, 2013

Lucian Dervan

Assistant Professor Lucian Dervan testified before the United States House of Representatives' Judiciary Committee's Over-criminalization Task Force on Thursday, November 14, at a hearing entitled “Regulatory Crime: Solutions.” 

Here is a small excerpt from his written testimony.

"One of the most visible results of overcriminalization in the last forty years has been the growth in the size of the American prison population. In a report released in March 2009, the Pew Center on the States concluded that 2.3 million adults in the United States were in prison or jail.

This represented 1 out of every 100 adults. Further, when adults in the United States who were on probation or parole were included, the total number under correctional control reached 7.3 
million, or 1 out of every 31 adults. Finally, as noted in a 2011 study, an estimated 65 million adults in the United States, which represents more than 1 in 4, have a criminal record.

Given these statistics, it should come as no surprise that the United States has the world’s largest prison population. Though we represent only 5% of the world’s population, we have 'almost a quarter of the world’s prisoners.'"

A video of the hearing, along with the full text of Professor Dervan's written testimony is available here

Professor Dervan focuses his teaching and scholarship on both domestic and international criminal law.  

See his faculty profile here.