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53 U. Louisville L. Rev. 173 (2015)
The Rise and Fall and Resurrection of American Criminal Codes
Paul H. Robinson*
In the 1960s and 1970s, three-quarters of the states adopted comprehensive criminal codes based in large part upon the organization, if not the specific provisions, of the American Law Institute’s Model Penal Code. Kentucky did this in 1974. The hallmarks of these modern American codes—what made the Model Penal Code such an attractive model and so well known around the world—were three things.
* Colin S. Diver Professor of Law, University of Pennsylvania.