A History of Crime and Punishment

Readings and Documents in Criminal Justice (First Edition)
Edited by Mitchel P. Roth
Paperback, 360 pages
ISBN: 978-1-60927-307-1 ©2012
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    The History of Crime and Punishment: Readings and Documents in Criminal Justice is the first college-level anthology devoted to the history of crime and punishment.

    It offers a number of documents and articles on crime, criminality and punishment throughout history, including the ancient and medieval eras, and colonial through 21st century America. The book is an ideal supplement for standard undergraduate and graduate textbooks on the history of criminal justice. Readers will be engaged and enthralled by the range of topics presented in this text, including America’s first famous serial killer, eyewitness descriptions of executions, the Code of Hammurabi, and the experiences of Theodore Roosevelt as New York City Police Commissioner.

    Mitchel P. Roth (Ph.D., University of California, Santa Barbara) is a professor of criminal justice at Sam Houston State University in Huntsville, Texas, where he teaches the History of Criminal Justice and a variety of other courses. Roth is one of only a handful of historians teaching in a criminal justice department in the United States. He is the author of 13 books, including the widely used textbook Crime and Punishment: A History of the Criminal Justice System (Second Edition, Wadsworth/Cengage), Historical Dictionary of Law Enforcement (2001), Global Organized Crime (2010), and Encyclopedia of War Journalism (2010). He has also authored numerous articles and book chapters, and he is in the process of writing Global History of Crime and Punishment.