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The Resource The collapse of American criminal justice, William J. Stuntz

The collapse of American criminal justice, William J. Stuntz

Label
The collapse of American criminal justice
Title
The collapse of American criminal justice
Statement of responsibility
William J. Stuntz
Creator
Subject
Genre
Language
eng
Summary
The rule of law has vanished in America's criminal justice system. Prosecutors now decide whom to punish and how severely. Almost no one accused of a crime will ever face a jury. Inconsistent policing, rampant plea bargaining, overcrowded courtrooms, and ever more draconian sentencing have produced a gigantic prison population, with black citizens the primary defendants and victims of crime. In this passionately argued book, the leading criminal law scholar of his generation looks to history for the roots of these problems -- and for their solutions. The Collapse of American Criminal Justice takes us deep into the dramatic history of American crime -- bar fights in nineteenth-century Chicago, New Orleans bordellos, Prohibition, and decades of murderous lynching. Digging into these crimes and the strategies that attempted to control them, Stuntz reveals the costs of abandoning local democratic control. The system has become more centralized, with state legislators and federal judges given increasing power. The liberal Warren Supreme Court's emphasis on procedures, not equity, joined hands with conservative insistence on severe punishment to create a system that is both harsh and ineffective. What would get us out of this Kafkaesque world? More trials with local juries; laws that accurately define what prosecutors seek to punish; and an equal protection guarantee like the one that died in the 1870s, to make prosecution and punishment less discriminatory. Above all, Stuntz eloquently argues, Americans need to remember again that criminal punishment is a necessary but terrible tool, to use effectively, and sparingly. - Publisher
Summary
This historical analysis of the American criminal justice system explores the ways in which trends toward centralization and legislative solutions have degraded the historical equity of the judicial system and led directly to a situation in which primarily minority defendants are railroaded through a system of bureaucratic punishment without the traditional benefits of locally responsible prosecutions and fair jury trials. The volume examines the history of criminal prosecutions and the combination of the drive towards judicial efficiency and a right-wing proclivity for punishment in the development of the current, untenable system. Stuntz is a professor of law at Harvard University. Belknap is the premier imprint of Harvard University Press. Annotation ©2011 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
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Library Journal Best Books 2011
http://library.link/vocab/ext/novelist/bookUI
10034499
Cataloging source
DLC
http://library.link/vocab/creatorName
Stuntz, William J
Dewey number
364.40973
Index
index present
LC call number
HV7432
LC item number
.S78 2011
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
bibliography
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  • Crime prevention
  • Criminal justice, Administration of
  • United States
Target audience
adult
Label
The collapse of American criminal justice, William J. Stuntz
Instantiates
Publication
Copyright
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
Introduction: the rule of too much law -- Crime and punishment -- Two migrations -- "The wolf by the ear" -- The past -- Ideals and institutions -- The Fourteenth Amendment's failed promise -- Criminal justice in the gilded age -- A culture war and its aftermath -- Constitutional law's rise, three roads not taken -- Earl Warren's errors -- The rise and fall of crime, the fall and rise of criminal punishment -- The future -- Fixing a broken system -- Epilogue: taming the wolf -- Note on sources and citation form
Control code
19493080
Dimensions
24 cm
Extent
viii, 413 pages
Isbn
9780674051751
Isbn Type
(hbk. : alk. paper)
Lccn
2011006905
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
n
Other control number
40019923926
System control number
  • (OCoLC)ocn703623706
  • (OCoLC)703623706
Label
The collapse of American criminal justice, William J. Stuntz
Publication
Copyright
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
Introduction: the rule of too much law -- Crime and punishment -- Two migrations -- "The wolf by the ear" -- The past -- Ideals and institutions -- The Fourteenth Amendment's failed promise -- Criminal justice in the gilded age -- A culture war and its aftermath -- Constitutional law's rise, three roads not taken -- Earl Warren's errors -- The rise and fall of crime, the fall and rise of criminal punishment -- The future -- Fixing a broken system -- Epilogue: taming the wolf -- Note on sources and citation form
Control code
19493080
Dimensions
24 cm
Extent
viii, 413 pages
Isbn
9780674051751
Isbn Type
(hbk. : alk. paper)
Lccn
2011006905
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
n
Other control number
40019923926
System control number
  • (OCoLC)ocn703623706
  • (OCoLC)703623706

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