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The Model Penal Code,Tentative Draft No.4 was approved at the American Law Institute's (ALI) annual meeting in May 2016. This is the fourth of five drafts scheduled in the Model Penal Code: Sentencing project, as a whole. The fifth and final draft is slated for approval in May 2017. The Robina Institute’s Co-Director Professor Kevin Reitz (University of Minnesota Law School) is Reporter and Robina External Co-Director of the Sentencing Law and Policy Program Assistant Professor Cecelia Klingele (University of Wisconin Law School) is Associate Reporter.

From the American Law Institute on the Model Penal Code: Sentencing

“The Model Penal Code took 300 years of American criminal law and distilled a coherent and philosophically justifiable statement of the bounds and details of the criminal sanction. Work on the Code itself was largely completed by 1962; the six volumes of updated and greatly expanded Commentaries that were published between 1980 and 1985 were limited to Parts I and II and therefore did not address the sentencing and corrections provisions. The current project is revisiting those provisions in light of the many changes in sentencing philosophy and practice that have taken place in the more than 40 years since these matters were first addressed in the Model Code. The project also takes into account the contemporary controversy about the appropriate length of American criminal sentences and the present widespread dissatisfaction with the rules and procedures used to determine them.”

Read more about the Model Penal Code: Sentencinghere

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