July 21, 1969

The Treatment of Crime

Author Affiliations

West Orange, NJ

JAMA. 1969;209(3):419. doi:10.1001/jama.1969.03160160055025

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To the Editor:—  In The Journal (207:1071, 1969) you make a request for new ideas to fight crime. There are even financial grants involved. I would like to make the following comments:It is a real joke to see studies being set up to find new ways to stop crime. What we need is more crime, not less. How can the need for crime be ignored? It would make far more sense to find out why we need more crime and why the need is growing. (The news media would not build up crime out of all proportion to the reality of it if there were not a real need for this tension in our society. People would avoid reading about crime if it disgusted them, but in reality it fascinates them. And the news media know it.)Although the idea is not new, I once suggested a way