It is a well recognized fact that the vast bulk of criminal convictions are obtained by inducing the accused to plead guilty. Consequently, the natural conclusion to be drawn is that American criminal justice is for the most part administered outside of the judiciary-hence the title of this book: Justice Without Trial. The work is an examination by a sociologist (narrower in scope than the title might indicate) into the operation of a city police department, and ". . . how those who are charged with enforcing criminal law in a constitutional democracy come to interpret rules of constraint-thereby giving these life and meaning-and to analyze the practical dilemmas they face" (p. vii).
Hoffman, Allan S.
"Book Review: Justice Without Trial: Law Enforcement in a Democratic Society,"
Akron Law Review: Vol. 1
, Article 7.
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