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How many Federal Criminal Laws are there in The United States of America?


JULY 23, 2011.

Many Failed Efforts to Count Nation's Federal Criminal Laws


WASHINGTON—For decades, the task of counting the total number of federal criminal laws has bedeviled lawyers, academics and government officials.

"You will have died and resurrected three times," and still be trying to figure out the answer, said Ronald Gainer, a retired Justice Department official.

In 1982, while at the Justice Department, Mr. Gainer oversaw what still stands as the most comprehensive attempt to tote up a number. The effort came as part of a long and ultimately failed campaign to persuade Congress to revise the criminal code, which by the 1980s was scattered among 50 titles and 23,000 pages

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  • 9 years ago
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    Over 9000

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  • Marie
    Lv 4
    4 years ago

    Doesn't sound like you really have a question, rather that you want to rant. The reason I say rant is because you take everything to the nth degree. If you want a lesson in life, travel a bit abroad, and then come back here with your question. Many Countries use the Police to cower the populace, that is not the case here. Can we be better, absolutely, but remember, the Police only reflect our Society, the more screwed up the Society, the same goes for the Police! The reason our jail numbers are high, is because we have a violent Society, guns are too prevalent, we are more adept at catching criminals, and an open Society lends itself to more people trying to get something for nothing. You would like most other Countries Police a lot less.

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  • 9 years ago

    Lets see now - Federal Criminal Laws- anything that could be a crime.


    United States Codes (2006 / 50 volumes -published every 6 years with 4 to be added next year)

    Federal Register

    Code of Federal Regulations (CFR - 50 titles)

    Procedural Laws (Criminal / Civil) See Your own state and local laws, these are adapted from the Federal laws, so appeals are uniform and consistent..

    Substantive laws (Criminal, Civil, Contract)

    Counting all that could be violated as a crime, some mind boggling here1, 298,000 laws or regulations

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  • 4 years ago

    Criminal Record Search Database -

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  • 9 years ago

    I know for a fact that as of 2007 there are over 4,500 federal criminal laws..But a current number im not too sure of

    Source(s): heard it all
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  • Anonymous
    9 years ago

    LOL You think that we would be able to figure it out when these people you are talking about weren't able too?!?!! If they can't figure it out, then I don't think I'm going to try.

    EDIT: The thumbs-down robot just went through. LOL

    EDIT#2: Now the thumbs-up robot went through!

    Source(s): Police officer
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