Education: Shock Treatment

Can a juvenile delinquent be "cured" simply by hard work and discipline? Many social workers think not. The average delinquent, they argue, needs psychiatric care as well. Recently, Britain's penal authorities have been operating on the opposite theory: at "detention centers" at Kidlington, near Oxford, and Goudhurst in Kent, they have been putting delinquents through a rugged "basic training" course with surprising success. Last week, despite scattered criticism, the Prison Commission went ahead with plans to establish two new detention centers.

On the Double. Juvenile authorities opened the detention center at Kidlington in...

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