Friday, June 20, 2014

The National Museum of Crime and Punishment

The National Museum of Crime and Punishment is a somewhat informative, albeit heavy-handed and sensationalist, look at the history of the criminal justice system. It covers medieval punishment practices, outlaws of the wild west, crimes of the great depression with an emphasis on Capone and organized crime, serial killers, financial scams including Madoff's Ponzi scheme, presidential assassinations, computer crimes, famous cold cases such as JonBenet Ramsey, as well as presentations on the procedures of justice and forms of punishment including incarceration and the death penalty.

It did not look at the history of racism in the justice system, the role of power, police and prosecutorial corruption, the social and financial costs of mass incarceration, or wrongful convictions.

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