Criminal Careers in Retrospect

JAMA. 1944;125(7):524. doi:10.1001/jama.1944.02850250064030.
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Sheldon and Eleanor Glueck are probably the leading experts on the prediction of future behavior in criminals and juvenile delinquents. They have made a scale for predicting behavior which is apparently quite worth while, and they have studied the careers of many offenders who have served time in institutions for adult and juvenile offenders of both sexes. At the end of each five year period since the beginning of their studies they have submitted a report on the value of penologic treatment of one sort or another, and the present volume is the report on the third five year period. The various factors which make for success or failure on probation are summarized, and tables are included to show the various conditions and classes of conditions operating on the various offenders.

In addition, several individual case studies have been followed up to analyze the factors which have made for later


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