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JAMA 100 Years Ago
December 2, 1998

HOW TO REMEDY THE OVER-PRODUCTION OF CRIMINALS AND DEFECTIVES.

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JenniferReiling, Editorial Assistant

JAMA. 1998;280(21):1876A. doi:10.1001/jama.280.21.1876A-JJY80041-3-1

This will involve a removal of the causes just enumerated. Society concerns itself too much with the punishment of crime and not enough with the prevention of it. The lessening of crime is as much a subject for education as for legislation. . . . Our educational institutions could accomplish more, if more prominence was given to instruction in conduct and morality, but it is more essential that these should be taught and practiced in the homes . . . In the proper training of young children lies the best means of the prevention of defectives and criminals . . . because more can be accomplished by preventing the formation of bad habits in the young than by trying to reform confirmed transgressors.

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