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The American Criminal Justice System

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Clark Neily
Clark Neily

Senior Vice President for Legal Studies, Cato Institute

The government should criminalize and punish what threatens the fabric of society, but what constitutes a threat to civil society? Explore this concern with Clark Neily, Senior Vice President for Legal Studies at the Cato Institute, who considers the limits of what we label harmful conduct and should be punished. This is designed for high school students and may be used independently or in conjunction with our criminal proceedings units.

Discussion question suggestions:

  • What should we consider a threat to society?
  • Are there any limits to what can be criminalized?