President Harry S. Truman (1884–1972) played direct and indirect roles in the understanding of crime and punishment in the United States during his time in the White House. The Truman administration was particularly concerned about youth crime. For example, Attorney General Tom Clark noted as early as 1946 that juvenile crime was on the rise. According to Attorney General Clark, boys under the age of 18 were increasingly arrested for crimes such as homicide, theft, and rape. Because of these concerns, Truman issued a presidential ...

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