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Montana Justice


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A social history of the Montana State Prison

Table of Contents

1. The Majesty of the Law: Vigilatism and Western Prisons
2. Penitentiary on a Shoestring
3. "The Accursed Thing": The Territorial Penitentiary
4. No Warden More Efficient: Frank Conley
5. Getting Tough on Crime: 1921 to the Present

About the Author

Keith Edgerton is associate professor of history at Montana State University-Billings.


"Perhaps no historical environment is better for revealing the force with which race, class, and gender shape American life than a prison. The evidence here demonstrates beyond contradiction that finances drive public policy, especially when they should not. Montana Justice will be a welcome addition to western history, but also to the many disciplines that concern themselves with the human condition in modern America."oAnne M. Butler, Utah State University

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