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The Collapse of American Criminal Justice

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$23.00 • £18.95 • €20.50

ISBN 9780674725874

Publication Date: 10/07/2013


432 pages

6-1/8 x 9-1/4 inches

4 charts, 11 tables

Belknap Press


  • Introduction: The Rule of Too Much Law
  • I. Crime and Punishment
    • 1. Two Migrations
    • 2. “The Wolf by the Ear”
  • II. The Past
    • 3. Ideals and Institutions
    • 4. The Fourteenth Amendment’s Failed Promise
    • 5. Criminal Justice in the Gilded Age
    • 6. A Culture War and Its Aftermath
    • 7. Constitutional Law’s Rise: Three Roads Not Taken
    • 8. Earl Warren’s Errors
    • 9. The Rise and Fall of Crime, the Fall and Rise of Criminal Punishment
  • III. The Future
    • 10. Fixing a Broken System
  • Epilogue: Taming the Wolf
  • Note on Sources and Citation Form
  • Notes
  • Acknowledgments
  • Index

Awards & Accolades

  • Honorable Mention, 2011 Association of American Publishers PROSE Award, Law & Legal Studies Category
  • A Green Bag Almanac & Reader Selection for Exemplary Legal Writing, 2011
  • A Library Journal Best Book of 2011
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