The Five Worst (and Five Best) American Criminal Codes
Paul H. Robinson
University of Pennsylvania Law School
Michael T. Cahill
Rutgers Law School
Northwestern University Law Review, Vol. 95, pp. 1-89, 2000
This paper develops and attempts to justify criteria for judging the quality of a criminal code in performing its functions. It translates the abstract criteria into a workable code evaluation scheme, then applies the scheme to the fifty-two American criminal codes, ending with a ranking of those codes. Examples of good and bad code provisions are used in the discussion to illustrate the evaluation criteria.
Number of Pages in PDF File: 91
Keywords: criminal code
JEL Classification: K14
Date posted: February 6, 2003
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