Parole-Release Authority

The Model Penal Code: Sentencing project may appear before ALI membership at the 2017 Annual Meeting in May for final approval.  This project tackles some of the most difficult policy and procedure questions that are at the forefront of debate across the U.S. As we...

The Development of U.S. Sentencing Reform

Our nation is truly at a crossroads when it comes to sentencing policy. Since the adoption of the original Model Penal Code in 1962, America’s prison, jail, probation, and parole populations have exploded.  During the same period, the types and severity of both the...

MPC: Sentencing Figures in Federal Sentence Reform

The provisions on sentence reduction in the Model Penal Code: Sentencing project have recently played a key role in federal sentencing reform efforts.  In one case a federal task force on corrections credited the ALI for one of its recommendations; in another. the...

Correctional Overcrowding

Kevin Reitz discusses the Model Penal Code: Sentencing project and how it tackles the problem of correctional overcrowding, not just in prisons, but in all criminal sanctions. “The current draft gives states the option of creating mechanisms that are in place to deal...