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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.

Punishment in the Progressive Era, 1890s–1930s
Punishment in the progressive era, 1890s–1930s

Of all the elements of the criminal justice system, the process of punishment appears to be the easiest to think about historically. Just a moment's reflection can bring to mind all sorts of old punishments that have lost their place in modern criminal justice systems. Visitors to Colonial Williamsburg, for example, can observe relics of eighteenth century criminal justice—the stocks and a pillory—and marvel at how alien these forms of public corporal punishment appear. Likewise, a variety of European museums display the artifacts of medieval torture to fascinate visitors with their tales of long-ago punishments. Even where the punishments themselves remain—the prison and the death penalty, to take just two examples—older forms seem far ...

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