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Task force to question criminalization of minor offenses

A new bipartisan task force created this week by the House Judiciary Committee will look at the possible "over-criminalization" of minor offenses in the U.S. federal code, which is understood to contribute to America's unmatched rates of incarceration.

The task force, as Matt Sledge noted at HuffPo, has a broad remit -- to review the entirety of the estimated 4,500 federal crimes in the U.S. code. However, progressive lawmakers within the bipartisan group "hope the task force's meetings will serve as an opportunity to narrow in on federal drug laws," Sledge noted.

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