The American Model Penal Code: A Brief Overview
Paul H. Robinson
University of Pennsylvania Law School
Markus D. Dubber
University of Toronto - Faculty of Law
New Criminal Law Review, Vol. 10, pg. 319, 2007
If there can be said to be an "American criminal code," the Model Penal Code is it. Nonetheless, there remains an enormous diversity among the fifty-two American penal codes, including some that have never adopted a modern code format or structure. Yet, even within the minority of states without a modern code, the Model Penal Code has great influence, as courts regularly rely upon it to fashion the law that the state's criminal code fails to provide. In this essay we provide a brief introduction to this historic document, its history and its content.
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Keywords: model penal code, criminal
JEL Classification: K14Accepted Paper Series
Date posted: February 4, 2005 ; Last revised: September 28, 2009
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