Crime and Society
Crime and Society
In thus presenting in a single volume the entire range of subject matter which pertains to crime, including its causes, its legal formulations, the enforcement of these legal formulations and the treatment of the criminal, Professor Cantor has made a daring foray. The field covered by these various aspects of what is popularly called the crime problem is enormous. It extends over practically the entire subject matter of human relations. Such a presentation calls for judgment, selection and evaluation. Any attempt to provide a concise treatment offers such ample opportunity for dissent by specialists that to make it at all requires singular, but commendable hardihood.
Despite the fact that this book may be a wide target for criticism, however, it meets a distinct need. It offers students, public officials and the public generally an exceedingly valuable perspective of a great question. No existing text or treatise provides such a perspective. The materials are scattered in hundreds of articles and scores of books. They are embedded in the experience of thousands of persons engaged in the practical work of law enforcement. This book provides within convenient compress a summary of essentials and a guide to the lines that further inquiry should take.
To write a book of this sort requires an extraordinary diversity of knowledge, training in both sociological and legal science and withal, great discrimination. These qualities are here combined in an unusual degree. While the author has views of a definite nature on many controverted questions, he has not displayed the bent of a doctrinnaire. He has, admirably, permitted the student a freedom of choice not always granted by the textbook writer. Professor Cantor has a point of view on various subjects; but he is not attempting here to silence dissent.