Prison, Probation, or Parole? was first published in 1954. Some were petty thieves; some had committed murder. Some had careful plans to defraud their employers; others had committed crimes in the heat of anger or excitement. All had offended against society in some way. Any one of them might be your neighbor. That is how Paul W. Keve introduces the people with whom he dealt as a probation and parole officer and of whom he writes here. Mr. Keve recounts the details of some 30 actual cases which he has handled. The stories make vivid and absorbing reading but are not fictionalized except for the identity of the offenders. The chapters add up to an overall story of the probation and parole system, how it works and toward what goals, how it succeeds and how it sometimes fails. The stories will interest anyone who is curious about lawbreakers - what sort of people they are, what leads them into trouble, and how they feel about their own crimes. In addition, the book should be of special interest to such professional groups as social workers, penologists, police officers, judges, psychologists, and, of course, probation and parole workers themselves.
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