Proceedings of the Annual Conference of County Agents and Convention of the Board of Corrections and Charities Volume 5

Proceedings of the Annual Conference of County Agents and Convention of the Board of Corrections and Charities Volume 5

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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: ...crops out. He is lacking in forethought orself-control. Therefore, society says to him, or ought to say to him, " You are an enemy. You cannot be trusted. You must not be permitted to goat large. We decide to lock you up for a time in our State prison." "Very well," says the convict, "but how long must I stay there?" "Oh," replies society, "that is for you to decide. You can come out at any time on precisely the same terms on which other persons always stay out, and that is by giving a reasonable assurance that you will observe my requirements." And then he is sentence l-not for any particular time, but until he is changed--changed from a law-breaker into a law-observer. I am thoroughly convinced that the indeterminate sentence is our first necessity in prison reform to-day; and when it is adopted, as it will be eventually, people will wonder at the long stupidity of this generation in its punishment of criminals. Compared with our present methods there is more real reason in some 'Since this paper was prepared I learn that the conversion of county jails into places for the tem rary detention of persons awaiting trial has already been advocated by General Brinkerhofltof 0 io, and Judge Campbell of the Supreme Court of Michigan. other methods which seem more barbarous. I do not think I believe in the whipping-post, for instance, but I can understand the logic which teaches that when a man has had the pleasure of beating his wife he ought to enjoy the experience of being legally thrashed with a rawhide. There is a certain analogy, in this case, between the crime and the punishment. But what analogy is there between blowing open a bank-safe and five years in a State prison?...show more

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  • Paperback | 58 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 3mm | 122g
  • Rarebooksclub.com
  • United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236812794
  • 9781236812797