University of Pennsylvania Law School Professor and Students Assist Pennsylvania Legislature on Criminal Code Changes

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Media Contact:Jeanne Leong | | 215-573-8151December 10, 2009


WHO: Paul Robinson, Penn Law professor
Students in Penn Law’s “Criminal Law Research Group”

WHAT: Presentation to joint session of PA House and Senate Judiciary committees

WHEN: 10 a.m., Dec. 15, 2009

WHERE: Capitol Building
Harrisburg, PA
Room 8A-E

Professor Robinson and law students in Penn’s “Criminal Law Research Group” will present the results of their empirical survey of Pennsylvania residents regarding the grading of criminal offenses. At a joint session of the House and Senate Judiciary Committees, Professor Robinson and his students will describe the irrationalities and inconsistencies in the grading of current Pennsylvania criminal offenses, as well as their recommendations on how the problems can be fixed.

The report, which is available at, is the result of several months of analysis of the state’s criminal law and surveys of state residents from all regions of the state regarding the proper grading of offenses. The recommendations will assist the Legislature in writing legislation to rationalize offense penalties and grades throughout Pennsylvania’s criminal law.