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Crime and Punishment in American History

Crime and Punishment in American History

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by Lawrence Meir Friedman
     
 

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In a panoramic history of our criminal justice system from colonial times to today, one of our foremost legal thinkers shows how America fashioned a system of crime and punishment in its own image. A Finalist for the Pulitzer Prize in History, 1993.

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In a panoramic history of our criminal justice system from colonial times to today, one of our foremost legal thinkers shows how America fashioned a system of crime and punishment in its own image. A Finalist for the Pulitzer Prize in History, 1993.

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New York Times Book Review
A major achievement. . . . An impressive panoramic history.
Chicago Tribune
Likely to be the standard introduction to the history of criminal justice in this country well into the twenty-first century.
Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
This wide-ranging history, full of quirky details and thoughtful analysis, is a valuable synthesis of research tracing the tensions between American liberty and its costs. Following a brief section on the colonial period and the role of religion and ideology in criminal justice, Friedman, a Stanford law professor, explores important changes in the 19th century, such as the evolution of penitentiaries, the professionalization of the police, the explosion of swindles in a newly mobile society. Approximately half the book is devoted to the 20th century, with its own increase of crime and controversies over such issues as plea bargaining, the death penalty and laws regulating morality. Friedman's predictions on the future are scanty and not particularly optimistic. He sees few practicable solutions for crime, which he views as an organic part of the society it preys upon. ``Perhaps--just perhaps--the siege of crime may be the price we pay for a brash, self-loving, relatively free and open society.'' History Book Club alternate. (Aug.)

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ISBN-13:
9781417632503
Publisher:
San Val
Publication date:
09/28/1994

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Malcolm Feeley
"Will become the definitive one-volume history of crime and the criminal process in the United States....Indispensable."

Meet the Author

Lawrence M. Friedman is Marion Rice Kirkwood Professor of Law at Stanford University. he is also the author nof many books, including A History of American Law, Total Justice, The Republic of Choice, and The Roots of Justice.

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