Crime and the Services

Crime and the Services

Crime and the Services

Crime and the Services

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In its original form this work was accepted as a thesis for the Doctorate of Philosophy by the University of London. Since then it has been considerably shortened and revised. A small number of case-histories have been retained by way of illustration. Readers wishing to consult the original work will find copies in the libraries of the London School of Economics and the University of London.

I wish to acknowledge the debt of gratitude I owe to the many people who have made its publication possible. First and foremost to my teacher and friend, Dr Hermann Mannheim, who has so kindly written a foreword. The selection of the subject was due to his suggestion, and without his continual help and advice the research could hardly have continued. He was my supervisor during the preparation of the thesis. The Chairman of the Prison Commission, Sir Lionel Fox, not only gave me permission to visit prison and Borstal but was good enough to make numerous suggestions as to the problems involved and to read certain parts of the MS. At the three institutions where my field-work was done the Governors and their staff were most generous in the time and assistance which they gave during my visits. At the War Office Dr Penton, Colonel Ungerson and Colonel Hornby were especially helpful. I am grateful also to Dr Penton and to Dr Gibbens for permission to quote from unpublished work, and to Professor Titmuss and Professor Sprott for reading the MS. and suggesting certain valuable alterations. The Director of the Central After-Care Association very kindly allowed me to use the records of his association for my research.

All the names used in the case-histories are purely fictitious.

London School of Economics and Political Science August 1953 . . .

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