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6 How. J. 1 (1941-1945)

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VOL. VI. No. i.


       The Offcial Organ of the Howard League for Penal Reform.

                         Page                             Page
Satan Again .. ..  ..  ..        News from China .. ..  ..  9
Looting   ..  ..   ..   .. 4     Rcscarch in Criminology .. .. 9
Back to 1922  ..   ..   ..5      Obituary: Albert Lieck .. ..
The Death Penalty for Looting .. 7

     SATAN    AGAIN.      In 1938  the slight decrease in the
figures of juvenile delinquency  confirmed the  belief of the
optimists and historians that just as the Children Act of 1908
was  followed by five years of steadily increasing business for
the Juvenile Court, so the Children Act of 1933 by  advertiz-
ing  and popularizing the Courts was itself largely responsible
for the swollen charge sheets. The sharp increase in recorded
delinquency was  indeed more  likely to be evidence of better
Courts than  of worse children.  It is not possible to believe
that the child population can  go bad  suddenly in one year.
Contrariwise if the thirteen year old males were to disappear
suddenly from the Criminal Statistics and take rank as a genera-
tion of clean, obedient little boys, going regularly to school,
regarding  gas meters  as sacred  and  eschewing   larceny 
and   malicious damage , frankly we should  be unimpressed
by the wave  of righteousness and should  set out to find out
where  the catch lay.  We   should not  hail it as proof that
parental discipline had re-established itself overnight nor that

AuuNs,  1941

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