The Roots of Justice: Crime and Punishment in Alameda County, California, 1870-1910

Lawrence M. Friedman, Robert V. Percival.

Published 1981. Order online through The University of North Carolina Press. ISBN: 978-0-8078-9748-5.

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.

Awards
1982 James Willard Hurst Prize in American Legal History, Law and Society Association, 1984 Robert G. Athearn Award, Western History Association

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