There has never been a more important time for those involved in criminal justice policy, operations and civil service to
know their history. The Historical Dictionary of American Criminal Justice provides a comprehensive overview of the development
of criminal justice in the United States. Criminal justice is a multidisciplinary endeavor, emerging across time and place
through the fields of philosophy, law, biology, anthropology, and sociology. Developments occur quickly and regularly, the
meanings of which are deeply embedded, not only in an historical context, but in complicated social, economic, and political
circumstances as well. The field is particularly vulnerable to the exploitations of power being as closely aligned with the
forces of social control as it is.
The Historical Dictionary of American Criminal Justice contains a chronology,
an introduction, appendixes, and an extensive bibliography. The dictionary section has over 1,200 cross-referenced entries
on the most relevant concepts, cases, people, and terms. This book is an excellent resource for students, researchers, and
anyone wanting to know more about American criminal justice.