A plainspoken account of a life spent an Deputy Chief Probation Officer at the Court of General Sessions in New York re not only his dedication to his work but also his conviction in its overall success a primary instrument of rehabilitation. Porter cultured this work in at a time when probation "" very much on probation itself"" and was to same extent by political interference. Its tripart division-intake, investigation and supervision (which means guld too) and the three types of officers (life professional, the constitutional, the occasional) with whom he dealt; the and (techniques, of this profession- as well as the many viewpoints: the allocation of gu parents rather then he?dity,) and the possibility of reform where the individual desire to change is more influential than environment; other intangible, sometimes incalculable elements motiv and complicate the handling of any particular problem. Porter includes a of cases from his experience which illustrate and personalize his presentation of his profession where his own time served obviously to great effectiveness. Not for the idly curious, but there is enough here to keep the general interested wheres all those ragged in work along parallel lines (penological welfare work; etc.) should make the market most to designate.