According to Jim Copland and Rafael A. Mangual, 98 percent of the crimes on the books in America are the result of bureaucratic regulation rather than direct legislation.

By taking crime creation almost entirely out of the political process, the government has stripped the governed of the opportunity to consent to, or not, the thousands upon thousands of outmoded, obscure, and often overreaching rules that litter the Federal Register — and threaten the unsuspecting citizen with criminal prosecution. The isolation of criminal lawmaking from the political process has also stripped citizens of the ability to hold anyone accountable for the creation of a given criminal offense.
Copland and Mangual think that needs to change. Read the whole article at the National Review.