Apparently, over the past 40 years since this original code was written, the legislature believed it to have been degraded through the enactment of amendments trying to address the crime of the day. The Revised code that went into effect in 2017 seeks to fix all that by making the code easier to read and understand, eliminating outdated/obsolete crimes, classifying offenses differently for a more nuanced, fair approach to sentencing and putting as many criminal statutes in one place as possible.
So how does this affect you?
Simple. Some things that used to be crimes no longer are. Some things that weren't crimes last week, are crimes now. Some crimes are still crimes, but the punishments are different. The rest is legal mumbo jumbo making with the intention of making it easier to figure out what the hell the law even is.
Its too early to tell whether or not the revisions were a good idea. While I have spend some time reading it, it is impossible to tell how the revised code will work in the real world until I've worked with it, you know, in the real world. So, stand by. I'll try to write a little more about the specific changes and how the new, revised code will actually affect the lives of Missourians in this space as I experience it.
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