The Roots of Justice: Crime and Punishment in Alameda County, California, 1870-1910

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Focusing on a single county at a time when the population grew from 24,000 to 246,000, the authors combine statistical analysis of documentary sources, contemporary newspaper accounts, and exploration in criminal case files to give a detailed reconstruction of the operations of the county's entire criminal justice system. By tracing the process from arrest to trial, sentencing, and punishment, this study will have a profound effect on our ...

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Overview

Focusing on a single county at a time when the population grew from 24,000 to 246,000, the authors combine statistical analysis of documentary sources, contemporary newspaper accounts, and exploration in criminal case files to give a detailed reconstruction of the operations of the county's entire criminal justice system. By tracing the process from arrest to trial, sentencing, and punishment, this study will have a profound effect on our perception of American criminal justice.

Originally published in 1981.

A UNC Press Enduring Edition — UNC Press Enduring Editions use the latest in digital technology to make available again books from our distinguished backlist that were previously out of print. These editions are published unaltered from the original, and are presented in affordable paperback formats, bringing readers both historical and cultural value.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780807897485
  • Publisher: The University of North Carolina Press
  • Publication date: 9/1/2011
  • Series: Studies in Legal History
  • Edition description: 1
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 351
  • Product dimensions: 5.90 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 0.90 (d)

Meet the Author

Lawrence M. Friedman is the Marion Rice Kirkwood Professor of Law at the Stanford Law School.

Robert V. Percival is Robert F. Stanton Professor of Law and Director of the Environmental Law Program at the University of Maryland School of Law.

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