The Eternal Criminal Record
How did criminal records go from decentralized collections of local documents used primarily by police, to nationally integrated reports used by employers, landlords and others -- and representing a multi-billion dollar market? This important book documents the creation, dissemination, use and consequences of criminal records in the US.
Jacobs, J. B. (2015). The Eternal Criminal Record. Harvard University Press.
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