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March 9, 1935

Five Hundred Delinquent Women

JAMA. 1935;104(10):858-859. doi:10.1001/jama.1935.02760100068034

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This book continues the series of researches made by these authors concerning delinquency in its various aspects. Previously they have studied male reformatory graduates and juvenile delinquents. The present book treats of female offenders, and the same technic is used that proved so successful before. Before the Gluecks made these reports there was no real knowledge extant to give one an idea of the efficiency of penal institutions. The number of crimes committed by recidivists was fairly good evidence that something was wrong, but intense study and analysis of the situation were necessary before the success or failure of present methods could be fairly seen. In the present book five hundred women are studied. A vast amount of material covering the inmate's backgrounds before commitment to the institution, her institutional record and her behavior after discharge has been analyzed. Since the information is gained from only one institution (the Massachusetts

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