Friedman, Lawrence M. Percival, Robert V. The Roots of Justice: Crime and Punishment in Alameda County, California, 1870-1910. Chapel Hill: The University of North Carolina Press, . xiii, 335 pp. Hardcover in lighly worn dust jacket, with light fading to spine, protected in a Brodart book cover, owner name to front pastedown. $45. * First edition. Focusing on a single county at a time when the population grew from 24,000 to 246,000, the authors combine statistical analysis of documentary sources, contemporary newspaper accounts, and exploration in criminal case files to give a detailed reconstruction of the operations of the county's entire criminal justice system. By tracing the process from arrest to trial, sentencing, and punishment, this study will have a profound effect on our perception of American criminal justice.
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