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The Resource The transformation of criminal justice, Philadelphia, 1800-1880, Allen Steinberg

The transformation of criminal justice, Philadelphia, 1800-1880, Allen Steinberg

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The transformation of criminal justice, Philadelphia, 1800-1880
Title
The transformation of criminal justice, Philadelphia, 1800-1880
Statement of responsibility
Allen Steinberg
Creator
Subject
Genre
Language
eng
Summary
Allen Steinberg brings to life the court-centered criminal justice system of nineteenth-century Philadelphia, chronicles its eclipse, and contrasts it to the system--dominated by the police and public prosecutor--that replaced it. He offers a major reinterpretation of criminal justice in nineteenth-century America by examining this transformation from private to state prosecution and analyzing the discontinuity between the two systems. Steinberg first establishes why the courts were the sources of law enforcement, authority, and criminal justice before the advent of the police. He shows how the city's system of private prosecution worked, adapted to massive social change, and came to dominate the culture of criminal justice even during the first decades following the introduction of the police. He then considers the dilemmas that prompted reform, beginning with the establishment of a professional police force and culminating in the restructuring of primary justice. Making extensive use of court dockets, state and municipal government publications, public speeches, personal memoirs, newspapers, and other contemporary records, Steinberg explains the intimate connections between private prosecution, the everyday lives of ordinary people, and the conduct of urban politics. He ties the history of Philadelphia's criminal courts closely to related developments in the city's social and political evolution, making a contribution not only to the study of criminal justice but also to the larger literature on urban, social, and legal history
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DLC
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Steinberg, Allen
Government publication
government publication of a state province territory dependency etc
Index
index present
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
bibliography
Series statement
Studies in legal history
http://library.link/vocab/subjectName
  • Criminal justice, Administration of
  • Private prosecutors
Label
The transformation of criminal justice, Philadelphia, 1800-1880, Allen Steinberg
Instantiates
Publication
Note
Includes index
Bibliography note
Bibliography: pages 307-322
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Control code
19265070
Dimensions
24 cm
Extent
ix, 326 pages
Isbn
9780807818442
Isbn Type
(alk. paper)
Lccn
89005485
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
System control number
(WaOLN)1268118
Label
The transformation of criminal justice, Philadelphia, 1800-1880, Allen Steinberg
Publication
Note
Includes index
Bibliography note
Bibliography: pages 307-322
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Control code
19265070
Dimensions
24 cm
Extent
ix, 326 pages
Isbn
9780807818442
Isbn Type
(alk. paper)
Lccn
89005485
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
System control number
(WaOLN)1268118

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