Protecting Our Children from Criminal Careers

Protecting Our Children from Criminal Careers

Protecting Our Children from Criminal Careers

Protecting Our Children from Criminal Careers

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The motto of this book might as well be a sentence from the autobiography of the late Ray Stannard Baker: "I am suspicious of those who would change institutions without changing the understandings upon which they rest." The ineffectiveness of so many efforts to correct delinquent and criminal behavior and to prevent delinquency results, it seems to me, from tinkering with institutions while ignoring the systems of thought upon which they rest. Consequently this book seeks primarily to get at and to appraise ideas and beliefs--those behind the traditional administration of criminal justice, behind the familiar agencies and procedures for preventing delinquency and for serving youth, and those behind the new procedures and institutions that are evolving under state leadership in California, Minnesota, Wisconsin, and Massachusetts.

As field representative of the American Law Institute, I have had opportunity to watch first-hand and continuously the Youth Authority plan in action since California became the first state to adopt it. The staff members of the California Youth Authority whose help and frequent hospitality have made it possible for me to collect the factual information assembled are, unfortunately, too numerous to mention. I must, however, record my special indebtedness to Karl Holton, Director of the California Youth Authority, who more than any other person is responsible for its substantial achievements. Both Mr. Holton and Heman G. Stark, Chief of Field Services of the Authority, have read the manuscript and made many valuable suggestions. Richard A. McGee, California's Director of Corrections, has performed a similar service for the Appendix on the Adult Authority. Responsibility for interpretations and judgments throughout the book is, of course, exclusively mine.

This book, like the Youth Authority program it describes . . .

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