Looking Back in Crime: What Happened on This Date in Criminal Justice History?, 1st Edition (Hardback) book cover

Looking Back in Crime

What Happened on This Date in Criminal Justice History?, 1st Edition

By James O. Windell

CRC Press

318 pages | 71 B/W Illus.

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Just as people are captivated by murder mysteries, detective stories, and legal shows, they are also compulsively interested in the history of criminal justice. Looking Back in Crime: What Happened on This Day in Criminal Justice History? features a treasure trove of important dates and significant events in criminal justice history.

Offering hundreds of facts with particular relevance to criminal justice, this unique textbook is written in a manner that is accessible to students and anyone else interested in the history of criminal justice. It presents at least one significant event for every day of the year; in some instances, there are several facts presented for the same date.

Among the comprehensive listing of events there are famous and not-so-famous crimes; the development of law enforcement; criminal trials; passages of criminal laws; Supreme Court decisions; important dates related to prisons, punishment, and corrections; forensic milestones and cultural events that intersect with crime and criminal justice.

Offering a unique breadth of coverage, the book adopts an interesting and engaging style to inspire enthusiasm in the classroom. It is suitable for use as a supplemental text in criminal justice history courses or as a main text in special issues courses.

With this book, students will learn about hundreds of events that usually cannot be covered in depth in any typical criminal justice class. The book provides students with a better sense of history in terms of crime, law enforcement, and the justice system as well as an understanding of specific events and circumstances in the history and development of today’s criminal justice system.

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About the Author

A juvenile court psychologist, an author, a newspaper columnist, an editor, and a criminal justice college instructor, James Windell, M.A has worked in the juvenile justice system for more than thirty-five years. Currently, he is a psychologist in the Oakland County Circuit Courts Family Division, in Oakland County, Michigan doing group therapy with delinquents. He developed a group training program for parents of delinquents which won a national award. Since 2000 he has been an adjunct instructor in the Criminal Justice Department at Wayne State University in Detroit. Since September, 2013, he has also become a lecturer in criminal justice at Oakland University in Rochester, Michigan. He has published several books and has written a weekly column, "Coping With Kids", for the Oakland Press and the Staten Island Advance for the past 27 years. He has also appeared on more than 180 radio and television shows, including both local and national talk shows.

Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
LAW / Criminal Law / General
LAW / Forensic Science