MISSOURI: How Tough?

The three teen-agers were tougher than anyone their age ought to be. One was a gunman, one a thief, one an incorrigible delinquent. All of them had made several escapes from Missouri's ill-famed Training School for Boys at Boonville and been recaptured. But they were not tough enough to take the n agging boredom of the bleak, brick-tiled isolation cell. Irritable and depressed, they yammered at each other.

Ironically, the argument touched a question of tough professional pride. How old did you have to be to get into the Algoa Reformatory near Jefferson City, a place for...

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