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May 25, 1912

The Criminal and the Community.

JAMA. 1912;LVIII(21):1635. doi:10.1001/jama.1912.04260050309037

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During a period of sixteen years the author of this book has been in close intercourse with criminals of all classes; he thus gained a splendid insight into the criminal's make-up; similarly for many years he has taken an active interest in sociologic work. Both of these facts entitle him to a respectful hearing on the subject of the criminal in relation to society. Under the captions, "The Study of the Criminal," "Common Factors in the Causation of Crime," and the "Treatment of the Criminal," he handles his subject with intrepidity and utter disregard of old traditions. After a most scorching criticism of society, which in his opinion is responsible not only for creating the criminal, but also for preventing him from ever again becoming a useful citizen, he proposes several practical

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