Controlling the Dangerous Classes: A History of Criminal Justice in America by Randall G. Shelden
This text covers the history of criminal justice from a critical perspective and explores the historical prejudices of the criminal justice system. The general theme of this book is that…
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This text covers the history of criminaljustice from a critical perspective and explores the historical prejudices of the criminaljustice system. The general theme of this book is that both the enactment of laws and the interpretation and application of these laws throughout the history of the criminaljustice system have historically been of class, sex and racial bias.
Moreover, one of the main functions of the criminaljustice system is to control those from the most disadvantaged sectors of the population, namely "dangerousclasses". This topic is explored using a historical model, tracing the development of criminallaw through the development of the police institution, the juvenile justice system, and the prison system.
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