GIRLS WHO GO WRONG by Kathleen Sullivan


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Subtitled The Story of Women on Parole, this report by a member of the Massachusetts Parole Board offers interested readers insight into the nature and working methods of parole work, with readable immediacy and reliable realism. The author considers the general background of criminal behavior and what has been and has not been done for particular girls in the parole system. She relates the part the Board plays in returning sentenced individuals to the community before their full term is up and what has happened during the parole period. The place of the employer, the community with its resources, the helpful husbands is part of the story of girls gone wrong- and so are the opposite earlier environments and associations. There is a realistic consideration of potentials in each case the Board considers -- and we witness its work as con women, prostitutes, abortionists, unwed mothers, lifers, drinkers, defective delinquents, teen-agers appear before us as protagonists and unfortunately antagonists. The individual cases provide high personal interest; the firm but optimistic tone reminds us of our responsibilities.

Pub Date: Jan. 5th, 1955
Publisher: Houghton, Mifflin