Community Perceptions of Theft Seriousness: A Challenge to Model Penal Code and English Theft Act Consolidation

  title={Community Perceptions of Theft Seriousness: A Challenge to Model Penal Code and English Theft Act Consolidation},
  author={Stuart P. Green and Matthew B. Kugler},
  journal={Wiley-Blackwell: Journal of Empirical Legal Studies},
In the middle of the 20th century, criminal law reformers helped pass laws that consolidated previously distinct common-law offenses such as larceny, embezzlement, false pretenses, extortion, blackmail, and receiving stolen property into a unified offense of theft, imposing uniform punishments for a diversity of methods of stealing and a diversity of types of property that could be stolen. The result was a “consolidated” scheme of theft, with a single, broad definition of property (typically… 
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