"It Is His First Offense. We Might As Well Let Him Go": Homicide and Criminal Justice in Chicago, 1875-1920

  title={"It Is His First Offense. We Might As Well Let Him Go": Homicide and Criminal Justice in Chicago, 1875-1920},
  author={Jeffrey Steven Adler},
  journal={Journal of Social History},
  pages={24 - 5}
  • J. Adler
  • Published 26 September 2006
  • Law
  • Journal of Social History
At the start of the twentieth century, political and legal reformers initiated far-ranging changes in the American criminal justice system, particularly in cities such as Chicago, where violent crime rates were high and where the Progressive movement was especially influential. Yet law enforcers rarely convicted killers, more than three-fourths of whom went unpunished. Even in homicide cases in which the identity of killers was certain and the police made arrests, jurors typically exonerated or… 

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