Abstract

http://ssrn.com/abstract=784524
 
 

Citations (4)



 


 



The Accelerating Degradation of American Criminal Codes


Paul H. Robinson


University of Pennsylvania Law School

Michael T. Cahill


Brooklyn Law School


Hastings Law Journal, Vol. 56, No. 4, pp. 633-655, March 2005

Abstract:     
In the 1960s and 1970s, states across the country were caught up in a wave of criminal law reform unprecedented in our history. Influenced by the American Law Institute's development of the Model Penal Code, more than two-thirds of the states adopted comprehensive new criminal codes. Since that time, there has been little momentum for further development or refinement of American criminal codes. Worse, the changes of the criminal codes over the past generation have undercut, rather than built on, the useful reforms implemented earlier. The last thirty years have seen a serious and growing degradation of most criminal codes.

Part I of this article documents examples of the degradation trend and describes its harmful effects. Part II discusses the current political processes and incentives driving the derogation of criminal law. Part III discusses the structuring of future criminal code reform.

Number of Pages in PDF File: 25

Keywords: Criminal codes

JEL Classification: K14

Accepted Paper Series





Download This Paper

Date posted: August 24, 2005  

Suggested Citation

Robinson, Paul H. and Cahill, Michael T., The Accelerating Degradation of American Criminal Codes. Hastings Law Journal, Vol. 56, No. 4, pp. 633-655, March 2005. Available at SSRN: http://ssrn.com/abstract=784524

Contact Information

Paul H. Robinson (Contact Author)
University of Pennsylvania Law School ( email )
3501 Sansom Street
Philadelphia, PA 19104
United States
Michael T. Cahill
Brooklyn Law School ( email )
250 Joralemon Street
Brooklyn, NY 11201
United States
718-780-7943 (Phone)
718-780-0376 (Fax)
HOME PAGE: http://www.brooklaw.edu/faculty//profile/?page=267

Feedback to SSRN


Paper statistics
Abstract Views: 1,909
Downloads: 170
Download Rank: 103,995
Citations:  4

© 2014 Social Science Electronic Publishing, Inc. All Rights Reserved.  FAQ   Terms of Use   Privacy Policy   Copyright   Contact Us
This page was processed by apollo4 in 0.344 seconds