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At the request of the American Bar Association, the Association of American Law Schools, and the American Institute of Criminal Law and Criminology, in March 1925, the American Law Institute (ALI) started the Code of Criminal Procedure project. The resulting volume attempted to provide a framework for effective administration of criminal law while maintaining protection for the rights of the accused. The project was led by two Reporters, William E. Mikell and Edwin R. Keedy, who were also colleagues at Penn Law. The Reporters had the assistance of twelve Advisers. Eventually, the Code of Criminal Procedure was adopted by the American Law Institute in June 1930. The ALI spent many years following its endorsement trying to get states to adopt the code.
The American Law Institute Code of Criminal Procedure Records, includes correspondence, suggestions and criticisms, notes, and other materials related to the drafting of the code, which outlined procedures for carrying out criminal law and defined the rights of the accused in areas such as arrest, bail, and execution.
- Reporters' Correspondence
- Suggestions and Criticisms
- Meaning of the Word Conviction
- Notes on Codification (Re-Statement) of Criminal Laws
- Code of Criminal Procedure of New York
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Files are arranged chronologically in four folders.
Consists of correspondences sent and received by William E. Mikell and Edwin R. Keedy while the two served as Reporters for the preparation of the Code of Criminal Procedure. Correspondences are primarily between the Reporters and various Advisers of the project as well as judges, law firms, law schools, and the director of ALI William Draper Lewis.
Suggestions and criticisms are enclosed with correspondences submitted by judges, members of the American Law Institute, or Advisers to the project such as: Justin Miller, Robert W. Millar, Edwin G. Norman, William M. Hargest, George W. Wheeler, George T. Page, Charles McH. Howard, Lawrence Veiller, Henry Wolf Bikle, J.C. Ruppenthal, and others.
Adhering to the principle of provenance, the materials in this series are divided into two sections represented by two separate folders.
Notes, commentaries, and correspondence received by the Reporters Mikell and Keedy, that specifically deal with issues surrounding the meaning of the word "conviction".
File consists of one correspondence addressed to William Draper Lewis, director of the American Law Institute and notes on the subject of a uniform code and definition of crimes.
The materials in this series are arranged in three subseries in order to facilitate access and preserve the integrity of the documents.
Series consists of materials prepared by H.N. Van Aernem and received by William E. Mikell in regards to the Code of Criminal Procedure of New York.
Consist of the twenty five chapter preliminary examination of the code of criminal procedure compared with Model Code.