Prisons: Mother's Day

As the daughter of a German theologian, niece of another and sister of two more, Elizabeth Harre decided to break the mold slightly and take up social work. After her fiance was killed during World War II, she studied sociology and law, then worked at a women's prison as a lawyer. She soon decided that it was male criminals she really wanted to work with. "Female criminals," she says, "are not the 'poor devil' kind. They are beastly and hysterical." Young men in trouble, however, "are pitiable subjects in need of a mother, a woman or a girl friend."...

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