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Old 06-15-2018, 05:14 PM
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What you might look at is the American Model Penal Code from the 1960s and the subsequent state criminal code revisions:
Rather than a collection of offenses, where each offense is an independent creature, often the result of a political campaign prompted by a particular crime or event, the Model Penal Code adopts a system of offenses, in which offenses are designed to work together as acomplementary group.

Offenses typically avoid both gaps and overlaps in coverage. By considering all offenses together, the legislature can better insure that the penalties associated with each offense properly reflect the relative seriousness of that offense in relation to other offenses. Part of this systematic approach to creating and defining offenses is to organize offenses conceptually-offenses against the person, offenses against property, etc.-and within each general group to organize offenses into related subcategories.

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