S 1.00 Short title. This chapter shall be known as the "Penal Law" S 1.05 General purposes. The general purposes of the provisions of this chapter are: 1. To proscribe conduct which unjustifiably and inexcusably causes or threatens substantial harm to individual or public interests; 2. To give fair warning of the nature of the conduct proscribed and of the sentences authorized upon conviction; 3. To define the act or omission and the accompanying mental state which constitute each offense; 4. To differentiate on reasonable grounds between serious and minor offenses and to prescribe proportionate penalties therefor; 5. To provide for an appropriate public response to particular offenses, including consideration of the consequences of the offense for the victim, including the victim`s family, and the community; and 6. To insure the public safety by preventing the commission of offenses through the deterrent influence of the sentences authorized, the rehabilitation of those convicted, and their confinement when required in the interests of public protection. Top of Page
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