This seminal work played an important part in the widespread revision and codification of the substantive criminal law of the United States. Respected and influential, it is still cited by courts. The Institute is currently re-examining the Code's provisions on sentencing and sexual assault and related offenses.
On October 23, 2009, the ALI Council voted overwhelmingly, with some abstentions, to accept the resolution of the capital punishment matter as approved by the Institute’s membership at the 2009 Annual Meeting. The resolution adopted at the Annual Meeting and now accepted by the Council reads as follows: “For reasons stated in Part V of the Council’s report to the membership, the Institute withdraws Section 210.6 of the Model Penal Code in light of the current intractable institutional and structural obstacles to ensuring a minimally adequate system for administering capital punishment.” Council’s report to the membership (April 15, 2009)
Having achieved the consensus of the membership at the Annual Meeting and now of the Council, this resolution is the official position of the Institute. Efforts will be made to communicate this position wherever the Model Penal Code is published or otherwise available and to the public generally.
Chief Reporter: Kent Greenawalt, Columbia University School of Law
MalvinaHalberstam, Cardozo School of Law, Yeshiva University (Article 1)
Peter W. Low, University of Virginia School of Law (Part II; through 1975—Articles 2, 3, 5, 6, and 7)
John Calvin Jeffries, Jr., Universtiy of Virginia School of Law (Part II)
Sanford Fox, Boston College of Law (from 1976 –Articles 6 and 7)
Official Draft as adopted at the 1962 Annual Meeting of The American Law Institute
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The complete text of the Code: Part I. General Provisions: Article 1—Preliminary; Article 2—General Principles of Liability; Article 3—General Principles of Justification; Article 4—Responsibility; Article 5—Inchoate Crimes; Article 6—Authorized Disposition of Offenders; Article 7—Authority of Court in Sentencing. Part II. Definition of Specific Crimes: Offenses Involving Danger to the Person: Article 210—Criminal Homicide; Article 211—Assault; Reckless Endangering; Threats; Article 212—Kidnapping and Related Offenses; Coercion; Article 213—Sexual Offenses. Offenses Against Property: Article 220—Arson, Criminal Mischief, and Other Property Destruction; Article 221—Burglary, and Other Criminal Intrusion; Article 222—Robbery; Article 223—Theft and Related Offenses; Article 224—Forgery and Fraudulent Practices. Offenses Against the Family: Article 230—Offenses Against the Family. Offenses Against Public Administration: Article 240—Bribery and Corrupt Influence; Article 241—Perjury and Other Falsification in Official Matters; Article 242—Obstructing Governmental Operations; Escapes; Article 243—Abuse of Office. Offenses Against Public Order and Decency: Article 250—Riot, Disorderly Conduct, and Related Offenses; Article 251—Public Indecency. Part III. Treatment and Correction: Article 301—Suspension of Sentence; Probation; Article 302—Fines; Article 303—Short-Term Imprisonment; Article 304—Long-Term Imprisonment; Article 305—Release on Parole; Article 306—Loss and Restoration of Rights Incident to Conviction or Imprisonment. Part IV. Organization of Correction: Article 401—Department of Correction; Article 402—Board of Parole; Article 403—Administration of Institutions; Article 404—Division of Parole; Alternative Article 404—Division of Probation and Parole; Article 405—Division of Probation.