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NCJ Number: 158247 Find in a Library
Title: Criminal Justice and Crime in Late Renaissance Florence, 1537-1609
Author(s): J K Brackett
Date Published: 1992
Page Count: 166
Sponsoring Agency: Cambridge University Press
New York, NY 10011-4211
Publication Number: ISBN 0-521-40405-3
Sale Source: Cambridge University Press
Journal Division
40 West 20th Street
New York, NY 10011-4211
United States of America
Type: Historical Overview
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: This study focuses on the structure of the court of the Otto Di Guardia e Balia in renaissance Florence, during the period between 1537 and 1609, and spanning the reigns of the first three Medici grand dukes.
Abstract: The book discusses the criminal and administrative duties of the major officers and bureaucrats of the Florentine court-police force. Subsequent chapters explore the Otto's expenditures and highlights the role of incarceration as an essential element of control in the city. The analysis covers the trial procedure and the criminal justice process from the discovery of the crime to the acquittal or punishment of the defendant. The Otto gradually evolved as part of the centralization of criminal justice within the Tuscan state. The final chapter discusses some important aspects of economic, social, and political change in Tuscan society during this historical period, and focuses on the definitions of crime and changes that occurred in the treatment of violations in a context of radical social change. 4 appendixes
Main Term(s): Criminology
Index Term(s): Foreign correctional systems; Foreign courts; History of corrections; History of criminal justice; Italy; Victims of Crime
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