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The longer arm of the law: An introduction

BySTEVEN DAVID BROWN

Criminals have since time immemorial been cautioned and chastised to beware the ‘long arm of the law’. This is a well-known English expression reflecting the popular view that the reach of law enforcement and justice exceeds its grasp, but more recently felons have come to learn that the reach of criminal justice all too often extends only as far as the nearest national border.