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Kentucky Penal Code: The Culpable Mental States And Related Matters, Robert G. Lawson Jan 1973

Kentucky Penal Code: The Culpable Mental States And Related Matters, Robert G. Lawson

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All efforts to improve the criminal law of this commonwealth prior to 1972 were directed toward relatively narrow problems. Legislative changes in the law had been made from time to time, almost always without conscious regard for the manner in which related principles were affected. Defects of considerable importance resulted. The criminal law became substantially disjointed and difficult of administration. Unjust and inequitable treatment of offenders was more prominent than its opposite. In some instances sanctions were clearly inadequate for the type of behavior sought to be controlled. In others they were grossly disproportionate to the social harms used to …