The Roots of Justice

Crime and Punishment in Alameda County, California, 1870-1910

By Lawrence M. Friedman, Robert V. Percival

351 pp., 6.125 x 9.25

  • Paperback ISBN: 978-0-8078-9748-5
    Published: September 2011
  • E-book EPUB ISBN: 978-1-4696-3978-9
    Published: October 2017
  • E-book PDF ISBN: 979-8-8908-6526-7
    Published: October 2017

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Awards & distinctions

1982 James Willard Hurst Prize in American Legal History, Law and Society Association

1984 Robert G. Athearn Award, Western History Association

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.

Originally published in 1981.

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About the Authors

Lawrence M. Friedman is the Marion Rice Kirkwood Professor of Law at the Stanford Law School.
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Robert V. Percival is Robert F. Stanton Professor of Law and Director of the Environmental Law Program at the University of Maryland School of Law.
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