Reality Check

MANY LAWMAKERS SAY turning more local crimes into federal offenses is the best answer to crime. As Congress works on pending laws, many are backing tough measures that are popular back home. Polls show that crime is America's No.1 worry. The Senate bill includes about 50 new federal capital offenses for things such as carjacking killings, as well as a slew of other offenses that would become federal cases. The lock-'em-up mentality also calls for more U.S. prison space.

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