The Law: Jaycees in Prison

Remember the Jaycees, those youngish strivers with Middle American enthusiasm for beauty pageants, Mother's Day corsages and business success? Well, these days one chapter president is serving ten years on a rape conviction and another is doing 20 years for assault and robbery. In all, some 9,000 members of the organization are in prison, and another 8,000 dues-paying boosters are ex-cons.

The reason is not that the community pillars have suddenly gone wrong en masse. On the contrary, the Jaycees have never been more responsible or achievement-oriented. In fact, a keen awareness of civic...

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