[Editor's Note: From time to time we come across various special features on the Internet dealing with aspects of the Criminal Justice System that just don't fit in the other categories of our site. Because we feel that many of these documents are significant and may be of help to our readers, they will be added periodically to this new section of our Web site.]
"Taking Cash into Custody - A Special Report on Police and Drug Money Seizures" by columnist Karen Dillon for the Kansas City Star, May 2000.
"Law Enforcement in a New Century and a Changing World: Improving the Administration of Federal Law Enforcement"
This 185-page Report is highly critical of the pattern of excessive "Federalization" of State crimes that has taken place in the past 25 years. The Report noted that nearly half of the Federal crimes established since the time of the Civil War have been enacted within the past 25 years; and it sharply criticized Congress for passing dozens of laws in recent years that make Federal crimes of offenses traditionally handled under State and local law. The Report stated: "The record is replete with examples of new expansions of federal jurisdiction," and it noted that Americans have an "innate distrust" of broad police powers entrusted to a national police force.
The list of Federal agencies which are authorized to arm their employees is quite revealing because many of those agencies have nothing apparent to do with law enforcement. Included on the list are agencies such as the Corporation for Public Broadcasting, the National Archives and Records Administration, the U.S. Information Agency, the National Science Foundation, the Legal Services Corporation, the Federal Election Commission, the Farm Credit Administration, the Railroad Retirement Board, the National Labor Relations Board, the General Accounting Office and even the Peace Corps!
The full text of this Report can be viewed by clicking here.
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