Covering the evolution of the American criminal justice system throughout history, the four-volume Crime and Punishment in America Reference Library explores everything from juvenile justice to organized crime.
Crime and Punishment in America: Almanac examines key topics, including moral and religious beliefs, economic implications of crime and punishment, penology and reform, changing attitudes towards violence, the death penalty and more.
Crime and Punishment in America: Biographies includes entries on important figures, such as Jane Addams, Allan Pinkerton, Clarence Darrow, Senator Estes Kefauver and others.
Crime and Punishment in America: Primary Sources includes many documents, from the Sherman Antitrust Law and the Harrison Narcotic Drug Act to Eleanor Roosevelt's letter against lynching and the Report on Lawlessness in Law Enforcement.
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"Crimes are defined as acts outside of society's rules of proper behavior. Some are crimes in all societies, e.g., murder and robbery; some differ in other cultures. In the U.S., we have changed our ideas on crime. In colonial times, idleness was considered a crime and white-collar crime and computer hacking were far distant. Our legislators define crime and its punishment and some definitions are unique to individual states. These volumes provide you with the evolution of the American criminal justice system from juvenile justice to organized crime. Each begins with a 10-page timeline of events and a 15-page glossary. Volumes have black-and-white photographs and insert boxes with additional information. A cumulative index is provided as a separate volume. This set is a must purchase."
--Blanche Woolls, September 2005
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