1934 Y.B. 1 (1934)
Protecting Society from Crime

handle is hein.journals/yrbok18 and id is 7 raw text is: I. CRIME PREVENTION
Protecting Society from Crime
SANFORD BATES
Diiector, Bureau of Prisons, Department of Justice,
Washington, D. C.
T HE battle against crime is being carried forward on many
fronts. Significant progress has been made within the last
year by the Department of Justice under the leadership of Attor-
ney General Homer S. Cummings in mobilizing and combining
the resources of the Federal Government with those of the several
states, in a relentless campaign against the predatory criminal. The
signing by President Roosevelt of a group of bills designed to
make such cooperation more effective and flexible has cleared the
decks for prompt and vigorous action along this line.
The apprehension and conviction of criminals of the bandit or
desperado type is the most dramatic and spectacular part of the
battle against crime. It is the one which most readily engages the
attention of the public. Many times, by the success or failure of
states in handling a particular desperate criminal, is judged their
.success or failure in coping with the crime problem as a whole.
But many less spectacular but equally important efforts are be-
ing made to protect our communities from the menace of crime.
Probation, prison discipline and parole are important departments
of this protective work. Especially are community efforts to pre-
vent crime at its source of paramount significance. The conduct
of the war against crime ought not to be left entirely to public
agencies. The communities themselves must join in the movement
for preventing crime if the contest is to be successfully concluded.
In whatever department of government and in the prosecution
of whatever line of action, but one fundamental principle should
govern our policies in dealing with crime. The community is en-
titled to and must receive the utmost amount of protection which
the government, both state and federal, can afford. All our cam-
paigns should be conducted with that end in view. It is my priv-

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