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given to those who helped in securing library materials and providing current
statistics for the writing of this book.
Lone Star Justice is written from the prospective of the reality approach rather
than the ideal and the theoretical approaches and examines the evolution and
operation of the Texas criminal justice system from historical, political, and
statutory perspectives (p. xi). The term "criminal justice system" is more than
the legislators, law enforcement officers, and prison personnel acting individual-
ly; it is an interdisciplinary term showing the interrelationship of many philoso-
phies, professions and practices (p. ix).
This comprehensive overview starts with the Alcade system of criminal justice
administration under Mexican Colonial Rule: 1821-1836. This was the basis of
Stephen F. Austin's first Anglo-American system of criminal justice in Texas. The
remaining chapters deal with the evolutionary development, organization, and
operation of the Texas criminal justice system from the Republic to the present.
Details of the foundations of Texas law and the development of the Texas
Constitution; enforcement of Texas law, including a history of the Texas
Rangers; Texas court system; criminal procedure in Texas from arrest to appeal;
history of the prison system, including parole and probation; and the adminis-
tration of the juvenile justice system. Each chapter ends with a bibliography of
works consulted and suggestions for further reading.
The use of diagrams and organizational charts makes the book user friendly.
Much valuable material is included in the three appendices: The Texas Bill of
Rights, Addresses and Locations of State Criminal Justice Agencies, and Texas
Criminal Justice System Web Sites. Although the book is written in general
terms, there is a glossary to define technical vocabulary.
This book will be valuable to a wide range of readers including those with lit-
tle knowledge about the criminal justice system of Texas (p. x). The authors
intended Lone Star justice to build relationships with educators, students, and any
reader interested in the criminal justice system in Texas.
This reference can easily be used in secondary and higher education to pro-
mote further discussions about criminal justice, In addition, the authors make it
easy to ask questions, give comments, and make suggestions by supplying two
avenues of correspondence, e-mail and USPS addresses.
Blanco, Texas JUNE WALTERS
Texas Folk and Folklore, 1916-1954: Publications of the Texas Folklore Society XXVI.
Edited by Mody C. Boatright, Wilson M. Hudson, and Allen Maxwell, with a
new introduction by Francis Edward Abernethy. (Denton: University of
North Texas Press, 1998. Pp. xiii+356. Preface. ISBN 157441-055-5.
$18.95, paper.)
This book, first published in 1954, is a collection of items selected from all
except three of the nearly annual volumes published by the Texas Folklore Society
between 1916 and 1953. The title indicates that these were the "best" items pub-
lished in the earlier volumes but the criteria (that is, the definition of "best") is not
revealed in either the original 1954 volume edited by Mody C. Boatright, Wilson
M. Hudson, and Allen Maxwell, or in the introduction provided by Francis

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