Crime and the Courts

Archive Report

Leaders of American public opinion have long been conscious of the need for changes in the machinery of justice and law enforcement. In general, they have asserted: 1. that progress in the administration of justice in the United States has not kept pace with the nation's rapid advance in other branches of activity; 2. that faulty administration of justice has contributed to bringing the law into contempt, and 3. that the country's attitude of lawlessness is reflected in a variety of forms, particularly in the high crime rate. Dean Roscoe Pound of the Harvard Law School has summed up current criticism of the backwardness of legal institutions as follows:

“American law was formative at a time when it took Washington twelve days to ride from ...

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