Jonathan Zalewski writes for the Foundation for Economic Education about one of U.S. Sen. Elizabeth Warren‘s most poorly conceived policy proposals.

On April 3, Warren introduced the Corporate Executive Accountability Act. The bill would make it a federal crime, punishable by a year’s imprisonment for a first offense, for corporate executives and anyone else in a position of “responsibility and authority” to “negligently”—that is, by accident—“permit or fail to prevent” employee violations of any federal or state criminal law.

So, if a low-level employee defrauds a customer, Warren wants to hold the company’s CEO personally and criminally liable, even if the CEO had no knowledge of the employee’s crime.

It’s bad enough that Warren wants to lock someone up for someone else’s crime, but it gets worse.

Warren is so eager to jail businessmen that she wants to do so even if no crime was committed at all.

She defines “violation[s] of law” to include violations of civil law that “affects the health, safety, finances, or personal data” of one percent of either the U.S. population or the population of any state. The bill places no limits on what “affects” means, so it appears Warren would be comfortable sending people to prison for almost anything, even if the underlying conduct is not criminal.