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
Suggested Citation: Suggested Citation
Robinson, Paul H. and Cahill, Michael T. and Mohammad, Usman, The Five Worst (and Five Best) American Criminal Codes. Northwestern University Law Review, Vol. 95, pp. 1-89, 2000. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=183290 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.183290