Victimless "Crimes"

Victimless "Crimes" legislation has hurt and destroyed more people and their families than one can count. Theses laws have created a sub-culture by attempting to forcibly limit choices of individuals through choices they make which do not infringe upon the rights of others.

The enforcement of these laws has created a government culture of elitism and righteousness. Additionally the cost to society via the resources required by prisons, courts, and police agencies to arrest and prosecute people for Victimless "Crimes" could be better utilized to reducing tax burdens on individuals and relieving agencies so they may direct efforts to crimes upon the rights of others.

Therefore Paul supports the following:

  • The repeal of all laws restricting or controlling the production, transportation, sale, possession, or use of any food, food supplement, or drug.
  • The repeal of all laws which control or prohibit any consensual sexual activity, or soliciting such activity, including homosexuality and prostitution, among consenting adults.
  • The repeal of laws that create so-called crimes of intent, such as standing on a corner, driving by a location more than once, or other activities deemed "suspicious".
  • The end of court injunctions that criminalize otherwise legal acts such as wearing certain colors, carrying pagers, or using cellular phones.
  • The repeal of all laws restricting or controlling any form of gambling.
  • The repeal of all laws restricting the voluntary exchange of goods or services.
  • The immediate pardon and release, if incarcerated, of all persons convicted of any victimless "crime" not involving a violation of another's rights. The expunging of all arrest and conviction records related to such victimless "crimes," in addition to the nullification of the laws defining such acts as "crimes".

Further, just because a law is does not mean the previously illegal activity should be taxed such as being recommended in California. Taxation as a means to limit individual choices that do not infringe upon the rights of others is a government manipulation of an individual behaviour and in ways more insiduous than outright illegality. Taxation should not be imposed on the items above and repealed on existing "sin tax" activities including alcohol and tobacco.