The Five Worst (and Five Best) American Criminal Codes
91 Pages Posted: 6 Feb 2003
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.
Keywords: criminal code
JEL Classification: K14
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