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The rise of the penitentiary : prisons and punishment in early America

Author: Adam Jay Hirsch
Publisher: New Haven : Yale University Press, ©1992.
Series: Yale historical publications (Unnumbered)
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"Before the nineteenth century, American prisons were used to hold people for trial and not to incarcerate them for wrong-doing. Only after independence did American states begin to reject such public punishment as whipping and pillorying and turn to imprisonment instead. In this legal, social, and political history, Adam J. Hirsch explores the reasons behind this change." "Hirsch draws on evidence from throughout  Read more...
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Genre/Form: History
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Adam Jay Hirsch
ISBN: 0300042973 9780300042979
OCLC Number: 24905782
Description: xvi, 243 pages ; 25 cm.
Contents: pt. 1. Transition --
Ch. 1. Patterns of Punishment --
Ch. 2. The Ideology of Sanction --
Ch. 3. The Sociology of Sanction --
Ch. 4. The Relevance of Revolution --
Ch. 5. The Fledgling Institution --
pt. 2. Context --
Ch. 6. Penitentiary and Slavery: Form --
Ch. 7. Penitentiary and Slavery: Substance.
Series Title: Yale historical publications (Unnumbered)
Responsibility: Adam Jay Hirsch.

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