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"The prime function of the criminal law is to protect our persons and
our property; these purposes are now engulfed in a mass of other
distracting, inefficiently performed, legislative duties. When the
criminal law invades the spheres of private morality and social welfare,
it exceeds its proper limits at the cost of neglecting its primary
tasks. This unwarranted extension is expensive, ineffective, and

Norval Morris
(1923-2004) American law professor, criminologist, and advocate for criminal justice and mental health reform
The Honest Politician's Guide to Crime Control by Norval Morris and Gordon Hawkins

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