Taming the Criminal: Adventures in Penology

Taming the Criminal: Adventures in Penology

Taming the Criminal: Adventures in Penology

Taming the Criminal: Adventures in Penology

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Crime is often said to be an adventure. No less so, although in another sense, are new ways of dealing with criminals an adventure. Experiments in dealing with law-breakers in the same sense as life itself are adventures. He who tries new ways with the criminal is an adventurer into the unknown.

The writer spent the year 1927-1928 visiting various countries around the world. He gave particular attention to the prison systems of these countries. His special quest was unusual methods in handling prisoners. He hoped that he might discover in these far countries new methods developed from original starting points free from the hampering leadingstrings of older models, or fresh departures from old models, which would have the value of new inventions in penology. In spite of rather close reading of available material from all parts of the world, he was astonished at two conditions which revealed themselves as he travelled and studied: (1) how the world round the prison systems have been influenced by English and American precedents, and (2) how many adventures have actually been made by other peoples on the basis of the old models. Some of these experiments seemed significant enough to bear reporting to the English-reading public. There is all too little in English print about them. Some of them are original attempts to solve the problem of handling those who, "in the clutch of circumstance," have fallen into the hands of the law.

While the writer examined the penal and correctional systems of many countries, only those of Japan, the Philippine Islands, Ceylon, India, Switzerland, Belgium, England, and some of the Southern United States seemed to provide suggestions of great originality and value. Here and there some . . .

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