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Editor: Kevin Cole
Univ. of San Diego School of Law

Thursday, October 14, 2021

Chien & Friedman on Crime and Punishment in Gold Country

Shih-Chun Steven Chien and Lawrence M. Friedman (American Bar Foundation and Stanford University - School of Law) have posted Crime and Punishment in Gold Country: A Historical Case-Study (24 Berkeley J. Crim. L. 81 (2019)) on SSRN. Here is the abstract:
This article provides a historical snapshot of the criminal justice system as it operated in El Dorado County, California, between 1951 and 1961. It examines the relationships between various elements of the criminal justice system as well as the relationships between the system and the larger society. This paper portrays a criminal justice system that, on the whole, dealt with crimes as a parent might deal with a disobedient child: firmly, but not harshly.

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