Saturday, June 07, 2008

National Museum of Crime and Punishment

The current issue of ABA Journal features a profile of the newly opened National Museum of Crime and Punishment in Washington, D.C:

The new National Museum of Crime and Punish­ment—opening May 22 in Washington, D.C.—will focus on that nation­al fascination with exhibits that chronicle both our history of bad be­haviors and our sometimes cruel and ingenious ways of reproving them.
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In addition to a variety of interactive exhibits on activities such as safecracking and crime scene photography, the museum also tries to explore the legal consequences of crime and punishment by devoting part of its ex­hibition space to constitutional rights and notable U.S. Supreme Court rul­ings, including Miranda v. Ari­zona, 384 U.S. 436 (1966).

It sounds both fascinating and macabre, but I think I'm too squeamish to add it to my own agenda when I'm next in Washington!

[cross-posted with Novalawcity]

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