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A Plea for the Criminal Being a reply to Dr. Chapple's work: 'The Fertility of the Unfit', and an Attempt to explain the leading principles of Criminological and Reformatory Science   By: (1873-1944)

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DEDICATED TO MANY KIND FRIENDS.

A PLEA FOR THE CRIMINAL.

BEING A REPLY TO DR. CHAPPLE'S WORK: "THE FERTILITY OF THE UNFIT,"

AND

AN ATTEMPT TO EXPLAIN THE LEADING PRINCIPLES OF CRIMINOLOGICAL & REFORMATORY SCIENCE.

By

THE REV. J. L. A. KAYLL,

CORRESPONDING MEMBER OF THE HOWARD ASSOCIATION.

INVERCARGILL! W. Smith, Commercial Printer, Temple Chambers, Esk Street. MCMV.

AUTHORITIES CONSULTED IN THE PREPARATION OF THIS VOLUME.

Brockway, Z. R. Elmira. Corre, Dr A. Paris. Drill, Dimitri. Moscow. Du Cane, Sir E. England. Dugdale, R. L. America. Ellis, Havelock England. Ferri, Prof. E. Rome. Garofalo, (Baron) Prof. Naples. Kidd, Benjamin England. Von. Krafft Ebing, Prof. Vienna. Lacassagne, Prof. Lyons. MacDonald, Dr. A. Washington, U.S.A. Mercier, Chas. M. B. England. Morrison, Rev. W. D. England. Manouvrier, Dr. Paris. Moleschott, Prof. Rome. Orano, Giuseppe Rome. Ribot, Th. France. Rylands, L. Gordon England. Salomon, Otto Nääs. (Sweden.) Scott, Jos. Elmira. Spitska, Dr. E. C. New York. Tallack, Wm. England.

CONTENTS.

PAGE.

CHAPTER I. Introductory 9

CHAPTER II. The Criminal 14

CHAPTER III. The Causes of Crime 28

CHAPTER IV. The Methods and Philosophy of Punishment 61

CHAPTER V. Elimination Dr. Chapple's Proposal 87

CHAPTER VI. The Obligations of Society Towards the Weak 120

CHAPTER VII. The New Penology 133

CHAPTER VIII. The Prevention of Crime 138

CHAPTER IX. Some American Experiments Elmira 155

CHAPTER X. Conclusion 188

Chapter I.

INTRODUCTION.

This little book presents an appeal to society to consider its criminals with greater charity and with more intelligent compassion. No other plea is advanced than that the public mind should rid itself of all prejudices and misunderstandings, and should make an honest endeavour to understand what the criminal is, why he is a criminal and what, notwithstanding, are his chances in social life.

The criminal has a claim to be understood just as well as any other creature. It is not necessary that his sympathisers should shut their eyes to the fact that he is capable of shocking crime, that he is often an ungrateful wretch that will bite the hand that feeds him and that among his ranks are to be found the most depraved specimens of humanity that the mind can conceive. A failure to recognize these facts is actually a failure to do justice to his cause. Notwithstanding the hideous history that he may have to unfold, he does ask to be understood.

The majority of people take a most prejudiced view of the criminal's case. They will read the account of some fearful outrage or the details of a disgraceful divorce suit with absolutely no interest what ever in the persons concerned but only for the sake of the morbid satisfaction which such reading gives them. A glance at the sentence will draw forth from them the exclamation that the wretch got no more than he deserved or that he didn't get half enough. This simply indicates that society as a whole has made very little real progress in the manner in which it regards its criminals. The old barbaric idea of revenge is still the dominant one and any scheme for the betterment of the criminal, even if it should give unmistakeable signs that it will accomplish his absolute reform, is carefully investigated to see whether it provides for a sufficient degree of penal suffering... Continue reading book >>




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