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.
Chapter 1: Rational Crime Treatment
Rational Crime Treatment
The amazing progress of science in revealing the physical universe is making the world an increasingly reasonable place. During the great gathering of scientists at Cambridge, Mass., in December last, thrilling discoveries and unheard of advances in knowledge were reported at nearly every session. Man was shown controlling the physical forces of nature in proportion as he more fully understands them. But the general note of optimism was somewhat broken by speakers who deplored the lack of scientific knowledge of man himself and the forces of society. Said Professor Mead of the University of Chicago: “What we are called upon to do in our conduct is to pursue the same method in dealing with social questions that we pursue ...