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A History of Modern Criminal Justice focuses on the modern aspects of the subject, from 1900 to the present. A unique thematic rather than a chronological approach sets this book apart from the competition, with chapters organized around themes such as policing, courts, due process, and prison and punishment. Making connections between history and contemporary criminal justice systems, structures and processes, A History of Modern Criminal Justice offers students the latest in historical scholarship, made relevant to their needs as future practitioners in the field.

Introduction
Introduction

Criminal justice in the United States has a rich and important history. Some people might ask, however, why they should invest time and energy in reading and writing that history. That question is merely a more specific version of one asked many years ago by the well-known historian Marc Bloch (1953): “were the nearly universal fascination of history its only justification—if it were, in short, only a pleasant pastime, like bridge or fishing—would it be worth all the trouble we take to write it? To write it, I mean, with integrity, with truth, with the utmost possible penetration into its hidden causes, and, hence, with difficulty?” (p. 8) We believe that the answer to Bloch's question comes with an understanding of history as a ...

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