Later Criminal Careers

Later Criminal Careers

Later Criminal Careers

Later Criminal Careers

Excerpt

It was not until some years after 500 Criminal Careers had been published, that the wisdom of continuing follow-up studies of this and other groups of criminals over successive five-year periods became evident. This volume comprises the first of these further follow-up investigations, which we hope to be able to continue, in order to complete the life cycle of a group of criminals.

With the generous financial aid of the Milton Fund of Harvard University and, later, the Commonwealth Fund of New York, we have been able to restudy the five hundred former inmates of the Massachusetts Reformatory (originally reported in 500 Criminal Careers) over a second five-year period that has elapsed since the expiration of their sentences from the Reformatory.

In the course of this research, which has taken four years to complete, we have had to depend on the cooperation and good will of hundreds of officials of SYSTEM and private agencies throughout Massachusetts and other states. Without their sincere interest in the purpose of our investigations, it would have been quite impossible to amass and verify the necessary materials. We are particularly indebted to the Massachusetts Department of Correction, the Massachusetts Board of Probation, the Massachusetts Department of Mental Diseases, the Massachusetts Department of Public Safety, and the Boston Social Service Index. Although we cannot thank personally all the members of these organizations, we should like particularly to express our appreciation to Commissioner Arthur Lyman, Miss Florence King, Mr. Seymour Stone, and Mr. Richard Winslow of the Department of Correction; to Commissioner Albert Carter and Miss Mary Sweeney of the Board of Probation; to Dr. Winfred Overholser, until recently Commissioner of Mental Diseases; to Mr. Roscoe Hill and Miss Carrie V. Moyer of the Fingerprint Division of the Department of Public Safety . . .

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