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The federal criminal law is currently a chaotic collection of statutes enacted piecemeal over the past two centuries. Although there have been several attempts at codification, the result in each case has been little more than a rearrangement of the existing provisions. In recognition of the continuing need for revision, Congress in 1966 created the National Commission on Reform of Federal Criminal Laws, with a broad mandate to revise and recodify the current statutes. The Commission took its task seriously; in January 1971 it submitted tile final draft of a proposed Federal Criminal Code which, if enacted, would constitute a major reform.
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