Science: Crime & Punishment

To make the punishment fit the crime helps neither the criminal nor society. After 20 years of studying criminals in & out of jail, this is the conclusion reached by Harvard's famed criminologists, Sheldon and Eleanor T. Glueck. In After-Conduct of Discharged Offenders (Macmillan—$2.50), they go beyond their previous factual reports (TIME, May 6, 1940 et ante) to propose radical reform in legal punishments, judicial sentencing and the work of parole boards.

Since 1925 the Gluecks have compiled detailed case histories of 2,000. Punishment, they have found, does not reform; 88% of juvenile...

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