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Against the Profit MotiveThe Salary Revolution in American Government, 1780-1940$
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Nicholas R. Parrillo

Print publication date: 2013

Print ISBN-13: 9780300176582

Published to Yale Scholarship Online: January 2014

DOI: 10.12987/yale/9780300176582.001.0001

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Criminal Prosecution

Criminal Prosecution

Cash for Convictions

(p.255) 7 Criminal Prosecution
Against the Profit Motive

Nicholas R. Parrillo

Yale University Press

This chapter looks at criminal justice, which was another realm in which lawmakers experimented intensely with bounties as instruments of state-building before ultimately rejecting them. The focus is on the public prosecutor. Once the position of public prosecutor was created, it became the single most powerful actor in the American criminal justice system. This chapter contributes to debate around the nature and timing of the process by which the officer acquired such power.

Keywords:   criminal justice, bounties, state-building, public prosecutor, criminal justice system

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