New Model Penal Code for Criminal Sentencing: Comprehensive Reform Recommendations for State LegislaturesKevin Reitz
Ambitious changes such as those recommended in the MPCS are urgently needed in the US. While we are the undisputed leader in incarceration rates worldwide, we suffer from much more than “mass incarceration.” It would be more accurate to say that we have blundered into mass punishment of all kinds. Internationally, America is in the highest tier of harsh justice with our astonishingly high probation supervision rates, intrusive and counterproductive probation conditions, crushing economic penalties, uncountable collateral consequences of conviction, outsized parole supervision rates, and massive revocations of people from community supervision into our prisons and jails.
Penn Law’s Tom Baker serves as the Reporter for the American Law Institute’s Restatement of the Law Liability Insurance. The ALI membership met on May 23 and discussed the Restatement, which would help to define insurance law as a field. Professor Baker is an expert in insurance law, and he took the time to explain where the project currently stands.
Legal experts say Congress and the states need to step in to protect Americans’ privacy rights from the proliferation of voice-activated personal assistant devices such as Amazon’s Echo and Google’s Home, after a murder case in Arkansas raised questions about how much the devices are hearing — and whether the government can demand access to its recordings.
An influential group of law professors has once again declined to recommend that state governments enact policies favoring accusers in sexual assault cases, changes that already have been adopted by many colleges and universities.
It had been expected by many that, after seven years of arduous work, The American Law Institute’s (ALI) “Restatement of the Law, Liability Insurance” would be approved on Tuesday, May 23 at the Institute’s Annual Meeting at The Ritz-Carlton Hotel in Washington, D.C. But, despite expectations, no white smoke bellowed from the luxury hotel’s chimney.
At ALI’s Annual Meeting on Wednesday, May 24, members voted to approve The Model Penal Code: Sentencing project. This completes these three portions of the project.