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The ABF Survey on Criminal Justice Administration: Origins of the Modern Criminal Justice Paradigm

Spring 2020

Researching Law, Vol. 31, No. 1

In the mid-20th century, concern over organized crime was rising across the country. New crime syndicates had established themselves in the late 1940s, leading to an increasing state of alarm among state and local law enforcement officials. This edition of Researching Law marks the 50th anniversary of the final book of five published on the ABF Survey on Criminal Justice Administration. The ABF Survey was the first to gain insight into the day-to-day operation of criminal justice agencies, relying less on official data and more on observational research. The ABF Survey used empirical observations to carefully examine the criminal justice process, from defendants’ first contact with police to contact with the courts, probation, and parole.