Lend a Hand Volume 2

Lend a Hand Volume 2

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can usually download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1887 edition. Excerpt: ...Raise into independence things: 1. Act only on knowledge got every needy person, where this is possible, by thorough investigation. 2. Relieve 5. Make sure that no children grow up worthy need promptly, fittingly and ten-to be paupers. LEND A HAND A Record of Progress and Journal of Organized Charity. Vol. II. Julv, 1887. No. 7. The condition of prisoners in the criminal courts is to a certain extent anomalous, and seems to require the attention of thoughtful people, whether at the bar or not. The theory of the law is that every man is innocent until he is proved guilty. This is what law students are taught and what is said in airy and effusive orations or lectures on the humanity of our English system of law. But, in point of fact, following a tradition of monarchical governments, each of our states provides public prosecuting attorneys, whose single duty it is to make sure that the person on trial is sentenced, if they possibly can. They have great advantages for this purpose, which arise from familiarity with their business, from that division of labor which gives them nothing else to do; and, principally, from their intimacy with the police, the sheriffs and deputy-sheriffs, the marshals and their assistants, and, in short, with all those persons who are connected with the machinery of the prosecution. All these forces, although in theory they are not organized together, move in fact with unity and harmony and mutual understanding. The men know each other, they probably have confidence in each other, and they sustain each other. Against this array there appears a criminal--that is to say, perhaps he is a criminal and perhaps he is not. In spite of the noble assertion of Blackstone and the others whom we have quoted, he is called a...show more

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  • Paperback | 446 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 23mm | 789g
  • Rarebooksclub.com
  • United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236949277
  • 9781236949271