The Progressive Era

Labeling Theory would posit that crime is a product of increased legislation more than inherent criminal tendencies. In criminal justice history it might be argued that custom has remained more influential than law.

For this Discussion, select one of the following laws or cases from the Progressive Era that is interesting to you: White Slave Traffic Act, the Sullivan Law, the Drug Laws, the Eugenics Movement, the Red Scare, or Weeks v. United States. Then, consider the impact this law or case might have had on the current U.S. criminal justice system. Explain how this impact may have an influence on your role in the U.S. criminal justice system.

Post by Day 3: How did the laws and cases of the Progressive Era affect what happens today? Provide one example. Using one of the laws or cases provided, explain any parallels of this to current laws or cases. What might be the lasting effects on today’s U.S. criminal justice system? How does having this information as a leader in criminal justice influence your role?

Respond by Day 5: Offer two alternative effects of these laws or cases to your colleagues.