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Techniques of FBI investigation pay off. Suspect and his two confederates are rounded up by agents. Stolen tools are recovered.
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ining fanii'j, quickly remedied if parents were held
seipline <»n<1 ,'Sally and financially responsible for
youngster »! Ule criminal acts of their children.
. The ra ,. America enjoys the world's highest
from insuSg INmg standard but, at the same time,
training- las one of the world's highest crime
ivv, respe^ J ates. The American people are pay-
f Almighty i ng a terrific price for crime, which is
•t tliem to " «timated at twenty billions of dollars
of society-.J j'nnually. These alarming costs come
n is esse.it1'1" "to sharp focus when it is realized
(.l|((l].l,1.„U'iii fiat tor every dollar spent on educa-
ty must coj "on, crime costs a dollar and forty-six
! on the pr^ , ts>,and for every dollar given to
;t year, 5"', ur lurches, crime costs 14 dollars,
.8 years "' L*W ENFORCEMENT GAINING
of all perso , GROUND
ind 43.6 P]
: group. I *
in after p°"'
lal* But there is one happy note in the
"irne picture. The increased efficiency
j tjfi law enforcement, its use of scien-
11 , aids, and increased training have
t ^l"y hfted it into a respected profes-
■ on. For the first time in seven years,
.,,erf are current signs that the up-
r»<i trend of crime may level off.
° meet the ever-present problem
lawlessness, law-abiding citizens
ci if m"bih'zc to help take the hand-
ins off laW enforcement. Law enforcement has not vet attained the
ueasure of public- support it justly de-
. /e.s- The law-abiding citizen should
^'Phold the cause of law and order
' gainst the sob sisters who cry,
name every time a gangster is shot
',."fath hi a gun battle. He should
"'« turn his back when some law enforcement officer gives his life in line
ISt, iy ?r is shot in fie back by some
mad dog," who frequently has
(''l"'d from a dilapidated jail un-
;'"(hv of the name, or has been
orhu hy some softhearted judge,
has been paroled by some maudlin
If acts Forum News, February, 1956
parole board or has been pardoned.
I believe in parole, probation and
pardon for those who are worthy. I
firmly believe that parole and probation can be made more effective
through better selection of those to
receive their benefits and through better supervision. In too many states,
parole is unworthy of its name, and
probation, rather than rehabilitating
offenders, is an invitation to the dangerous philosophy that criminals "can
get away with their crimes." If anyone
has any doubts, all he need do is to
read the daily papers for the accounts
of vicious crimes committed by persons on parole or probation.
We need fewer paroles and pardons
of professional killers, thugs and sex
maniacs, a situation which convinces
too many that "crime does pay." We
need stronger support for the police
in some of our courts. We need an end
to the "merry-go-round" of justice by
which criminals, through tricky appeals to credulous judges, manage to
make law enforcement a mockery.
Above all, we need swift and certain
When crime occurs, there has been
a failure somewhere — in the home,
the church, the school, or the community. But with complete cooperation
between law-abiding citizens and law
enforcement, the incidence of crime
can be materially lessened.
We as representatives of law enforcement must strive to make it synonymous with scrupulous observance
of the law as well as its strictest enforcement. We in the profession of
law enforcement must pledge anew
our determination to uphold our end
of the partnership and forge ahead to
a more secure and a safer America.
This is our common task. end
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