Source: The Present Day Problem of Crime
Source type: book
Document type: book chapter
Document title: “The Problem of Crime”
Author(s): Currier, Albert H.
Publisher: Gorham Press
Place of publication: Boston, Massachusetts
Year of publication: 1912
Pagination: 11-34 (excerpt below includes only page 17)
|Currier, Albert H. “The Problem of Crime.” The Present Day Problem of Crime. Boston: Gorham Press, 1912: pp. 11-34.|
|excerpt of chapter|
|Leon Czolgosz [misspelled below]; Emma Goldman; William McKinley.|
| The excerpt below constitutes the beginning of the fifth numbered item
in a subsection of this chapter titled “Classes of Criminals.” The author
introduces the subsection as follows:
The majority are young men from sixteen to thirty (National Prison Association, ’95, page 311). Criminals are variously classified in the literature of penology and the parlance of the Courts. According to the frequency, turpitude and degree of their offenses they may be denominated, delinquents, misdemeanants, first offenders, or petty offenders, and felons, atrocious offenders, incorrigible criminals, defectives, recidivists,—those hardened in crime, and repeatedly suffering the penalty of their misdeeds without any sign of amendment. A better classification is one that indicates the psychological and social conditions under which crimes are committed.
The Problem of Crime
Criminals from mischievous beliefs, ideas or suggestions derived from bad books or from the incendiary speeches of mischief-making fanatics. Czolgoz, the slayer of McKinley, is an example. His weak mind had been poisoned, as shown at his trial, by the anarchistic utterances of Emma Goldman, so that he committed the foulest of murders in killing our amiable President, a murder unprovoked of an inoffensive man, under the delusion that he was committing a laudable deed, which would enroll his name among the heroes and deliverers of the race.