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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.

Progressivism and the Courts, 1890s–1920s
Progressivism and the courts, 1890s–1920s

What makes the development of courts so important to the history of criminal justice? Courts lack the drama and interest of the police and the dread of prisons. Courts also tend to be complex and murky subjects, with even more state and local variation than other elements of the justice system. In addition, the historical scholarship on courts is less extensive than on other agencies. To be sure, famous crimes and cases have been the subjects of plenty of books and are a staple of television programming. Moreover, legal history—the study of the evolution of case law and how it was implemented—is its own separate scholarly field that rarely intersects with the history of criminal justice. ...

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