Education: Reasonable Punishment?

In a state of high excitement, two 17-year-old boys walked into the courthouse of Maricopa County, Arizona. Having served time at the state's "rehabilitation" school at Fort Grant, both had some hair-raising tales to tell. The man they asked to see was Charles C. Bernstein, who presided in the juvenile division of superior court. If anyone would listen to them, the "kids' judge" would.

That morning, two months ago, Judge Bernstein did listen—to stories of whippings, blackjackings and assorted cruelties that were hard to believe. But he decided to do some investigating. By last...

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