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‘As a Tale That is Told’ Extract 59 Page 214

Visits Home Office, prisons, re-visits cases of working class women, miscarriages of justice etc.

My experience has convinced me that punishment as punishment has no remedial effects, though it may in some cases act as a deterrent from the same kind of crime in the person punished…There is a strong tendency now to understand and give treatment rather then punish. It is still more marked in the Juvenile Court than in the Adult Court but practice is visibily changing.

Better ways of dealing with our fellow men and women who have fallen on evil days are emerging and it may be that when we acknowledge the fact that poverty, mental and physical illness and unhappiness are so often the cause of crime, those causes may be removed and better remedies evolved than shutting up the sufferers in Prisons.


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‘As a Tale That is Told’ Extract 59 Page 214