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July 28, 1917

The Offender and His Relations to Law and Society.

JAMA. 1917;LXIX(4):307. doi:10.1001/jama.1917.02590310059024

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In this book, Mr. Lewis utilizes his large experience as Commissioner of Correction in the City of New York as the basis for a serious discussion of the best method of handling this problem. As there is no one cause for criminal delinquency so no one method of treating the offender will result in his rehabilitation. Especially suggestive is the author's comparison of our treatment of the insane and the criminal. In former years, he says, the insane were treated largely by confinement, practically all afflicted persons being treated alike. Gradually special treatment for different classes was provided and special institutions were established, with the result that from 20 to 30 per cent. of those committed to the best hospitals for the insane are now either released as cured or put under the supervision of friends or relatives. With further study of delinquency, he anticipates the development of special treatment

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