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ERIC Number: ED106464
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1975-Feb-13
Pages: 14
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Corrections--Past and Present.
Carlson, Norman A.
Today we honor Charlie Lankford, a former prison inmate, who has turned his back on crime and is now involved in rehabilitation efforts in Fairfax County. Sadly, Charlie is the exception; our efforts toward rehabilitation have generally failed. In recent years, emphasis on rehabilitation and diagnosis has taken precedence over protecting society, creating an unbalanced system of corrections. We cannot diagnose crime as if it were a physical or mental disease; we cannot prescribe a precise treatment or guarantee a cure. To develop a more rational system of correction we must improve our local jails, and decide which types of offenders we want to incarcerate. I would certainly include the violent offender, the repeat offender, and the white-collar criminal, and keep out of jail the younger first offenders, the alcoholics, and those found guilty of non-support of their families. These people belong in community-based programs. In reforming our prisons, we should build smaller, more manageable institutions, and locate them near large urban centers where adequate educational, medical, and staffing needs can be provided. The establishment of the National Insitute of Corrections is a recent step toward providing a mechanism by which Congress can provide funds to help improve corrections at the regional, State and local levels. (Author/MW)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers
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