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December 3, 1898

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

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FORMER SUPT. OF KANSAS STATE INSANE ASYLUM AT TOPEKA. DAYTON, OHIO.

JAMA. 1898;XXXI(23):1343-1347. doi:10.1001/jama.1898.92450230015001f
Abstract

Upon the solution of this problem hangs the fate of home, nation, and civilization. It is the concern of all good citizens to do something to improve posterity. During the past ten years the population of the United States has increased 25 per cent., but during the same period crime increased 60 per cent. The cost to the public for the care of defectives and for the prosecution and support of criminals is enormous, to say nothing about the destruction of life and property, confidence and morality. We go on building asylums, hospitals, reformatories and prisons, and we keep them full. Imbecility, idiocy, insanity, epilepsy, deafness, blindness, incorrigibility, youthful waywardness, adolescent vice, immorality, and adult criminality multiply apace in the land. It is high time to improve the method of preventing over-production of defectives and criminals. We are too prone to assail results or salve over the surface of our

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