Selected Articles on Capital Punishment

Selected Articles on Capital Punishment

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Purchase of this book includes free trial access to where you can read more than a million books for free. This is an OCR edition with typos. Excerpt from book: of indifference to evasion or disregard of laws that lack general sanction or conflict with traditions, habits and sentiments of hosts of new citizens, is to shoot wide of the mark. Our unfavorable crime record is chiefly due to these causes: The immigration of alien undesirables, like the Black Handers, and the difficulty of dealing with them; the inefficiency of the police in great cities, owing to politics, graft and poor discipline; the negro problem in the South, with the conditions that bring about lynchings and such defiant advocacy of lynching as Governor Blease so publicly indulges in; the unsettled conditions of many sections of the country, that are still in the frontier stage of existence; the delays and the uncertainty of our adminis- ] tration of criminal law and justice. The importance of the I V last-named factor is generally recognized, but reform of procedure is a slow process. American prosperity, industrial activity and high stand- J ards of living ought to be constantly operative as anti-crime ' factors. They are so operative, no doubt. The more poverty, unemployment, filth, congestion, intemperance a nation has the more crime it has. Our natural resources, abundance and freedom keep many in the path of virtue in spite of their moral shortcomings. It is the agencies and influences which counteract the happier factors that demand attention. Prompt justice, efficient trials, honest and efficient police forces, better immigration laws and stern social and political discouragement of lynchings are the things we need to attend / to at once and keep attending to until real improvement is S brought about. Such improvement will be reflected in the criminal statistics. Bliss' New Encyclopedia of Social Reform, p. 363. Capital punishment has been defended ...
Publisher: [S.l.] : General Books LLC, c2009.
ISBN: 9780217990660
Characteristics: vi, 241 p. ; 23 cm.
Alternative Title: Capital punishment


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