This centennial collection of essays and original research studies captures the varied spectrum of philosophies and concerns of the Board and staff of the National Council on Crime and Delinquency (NCCD) over the past century . The criminological experts represented in this volume are renowned for their study and research into the far reaches of this field of study. As a chronicle of the NCCD’s development, editors Barry Krisberg, Susan Marchionna, and Christopher Baird include some of the most groundbreaking material to come out of the workings of this unique American institution.
Part VI: Conclusion: Continuing the Struggle for Justice
When I was asked to write the concluding chapter for the NCCD Centennial Publication, there seemed little I could add to what was already eloquently covered by scholars and correctional experts like Norval Morris, Marvin E. Wolfgang, Allen Breed, and Barry Krisberg. Then I happened on the wonderfully optimistic writing of one of NCCD's founding fathers, Charles L. Chute. Unfortunately, most of what Chute wrote about in the 1920s is still relevant today. Obviously, the reforms he envisioned 80 years ago are not yet in place.
Chute was convinced that increased knowledge of crime and psychology would inevitably lead to a major reform of the nation's correctional system. But knowledge, like beauty, it seems, is ...