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Crime: Its Cause and Treatment

Clarence Darrow

Book Overview: 

In this book, Darrow expands on his lifelong contention that psychological, physical, and environmental influences—not a conscious choice between right and wrong—control human behavior.

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Book Excerpt: 
. . .In fact, all depends upon his endowment and the outside forces that move to action, and for none of these is he in any way to be praised or blamed.

Society seems to be almost oblivious to the emotional life of man. The great masses of men have no capacity or chance to prepare a proper environment in the intense commercialism and mad rush of today. The laws of trade and commerce give most men food, clothing and shelter but nothing more. There is no beauty in their homes or surroundings; no music or art; no adventure or speculation. Existence is a dead thing, a dreary round. To many such people crime furnishes the only chance for adventure. Take away emotions and life is hopelessly dull and commonplace. The emotions of men must be fed just as the body must be fed. To many religion has furnished this emotional life. Churches have provided some art and some music. But aside from the Catholic Church almost none of this is for the poor. To many if not most people rel. . . Read More

Community Reviews

There are some ideas put forward in this book that I agree with, and that I think are still relevant today. There are others that clearly date the material and that I cannot agree with. There are still other ideas that I just don't agree with, though others might. Not having much actual experienc...more

Loved the SIMPLICITY of Darrow's expression of his quite philsophical ideas and thoughts. This is one of those books that make you think. Simply.

Just brilliant. Should be a 'must read' for all criminal justice mandarins.

Eye opening book on crime, its cause and treatment.

Many of the ideas are very interesting, even nowadays. This book has made me think a lot about justice and moral

Surprisingly insightful given the date

Famous defense attorney Clarence Darrow writes on his views of the criminal justice system. He addresses the ideas of nature verses nature as well as asking if criminals are being punished too harshly. Started this e-book in 2012.