Penalty Boosts in Counterfeiting Bills May Not Help Much, House Democrats Say

March 29, 2012
In contrast to their Senate counterparts, House Democrats say increasing the penalties for drug counterfeiters and thieves is unlikely to have a deterrent effect, and Congress should instead consider giving the FDA and federal law enforcement agencies additional resources. “Congress keeps doing the same thing to address the issue of crime by increasing penalties … yet there is no evidence that the serious problems we are seeking to address are the result of a lack of laws or a lack of penalties,” said Rep. Bobby Scott (D-Va.), ranking member of the House Judiciary Committee’s Subcommittee on Crime, Terrorism, and Homeland Security.
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