Practice and Theory of Probation and Parole

Practice and Theory of Probation and Parole

Practice and Theory of Probation and Parole

Practice and Theory of Probation and Parole

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When, in 1951, I wrote Probation and Parole, it was intended as a rationale of the field and not as a textbook. Since then, as was to be expected, my thinking has changed somewhat. In part, this is due to the fact that, farther removed from the field, I am able to view it more objectively, from the vantage point of a college campus. The man in the field sometimes cannot see the forest for the trees. The academician, of course, may not see individual trees, only forest. I have tried, in this volume, to see trees and forest. I may not have succeeded but I have attempted to survey both practice and theory and to place them in perspective.

This is not, however, a rewrite of the earlier book. It is planned as a text for college courses in probation and parole; as a secondary source for courses in criminology and juvenile delinquency; a handbook for in-service training in correctional agencies; and as one man's rationale of the field, addressed to persons currently in practice.

Because I have tried to reach somewhat disparate groups, certain chapters may be elementary for some readers. Others may question the inclusion of probation and parole history. I believe there is reason for it. To appraise modern practice, one must examine its philosophical roots and historical origins. Moreover, the history of probation and parole rarely is found in one place in the existing literature. I felt there would be utility in assembling the piecemeal data in one volume.

The detailed material on laws relating to probation and pa-

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