The autobiography of the leading woman penologist in this country, a woman whose realistic, humane yet unsentimental outlook led to progressive reform in the institutions she headed. First at a Women's Reformatory near Minneapolis, then at a Training School for sex delinquents in Geneva, finally in California, she reformed reform schools. She knows all types, and has always attempted to give individualized rather than institutionalized care. The problem of handling the staff, the insistence on good food, on care in dress and grooming, the combination of training and recreation -- all came down to problems in humanizing the institutions. Occasional escapes, a vice scandal, mecical and sexual problems, case histories, skillfully interwoven to make good reading. For the Warden Lawes' market (he has written an introduction).