"Throughout history, the powerful have created laws, developed agencies to enforce those laws, and established institutions to punish lawbreakers. Maintaining the social order to their advantage resulted in the systematic repression of disadvantaged groups--the 'dangerous classes.' The third edition retains a historical approach to exploring patterns of social control and, through current examples, demonstrates how those strategies continue today."--Page 4 of cover.
Introduction: The history of criminal justice from a critical perspective -- Perpetuating the class system : the development of criminal law -- The development of the police institution : controlling the dangerous classes -- Processing the dangerous classes : the American court system -- Housing the dangerous classes : the emergence and growth of the prison system -- Controlling the young : the development of the juvenile justice system -- Perpetuating patriarchy : keeping women in their place -- Crime control : profiting from controlling the dangerous classes -- Where do we go from here?