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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.

Dark Days in the South, 1870s–1930s
Dark days in the south, 1870s–1930s

Why focus a separate chapter on the history of criminal justice in the American South? Students of contemporary criminal justice are accustomed to studying national criminal justice systems, so a chapter on a single region may seem unfamiliar. Just as comparative studies of different national systems reveal variation from country to country, we have every reason to expect that there may be subnational, or regional, variations within the nation. In fact, many contemporary criminal justice studies have shown how unique social, cultural, and political elements can produce subnational variations in criminal law and procedure (Logan, 2005, 2009), the use of imprisonment (Zimring & Hawkins, 1991; Beckett & Western, 2001), or in the use of ...

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