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SENATORS QUIT BARBAROUS WEST VIRGINIA
- AFTER MILLIONAIRE INSULTS MARTINE
THE DAY BOOK
An Adless Batty Newspaper,
r N. D. Cochran, ggggg , 500, South Peoria St.
Editor and Publisher.
TeL Monroe 353.
VOL.2, NO. 222 Chicago, Wednesday, June 18, 1913
STARTLING INDICTMENT OF CHURCH AND
SOCIETY BY FORMER JUDGE CLELAND
Jtaist Tells Christian Endeavor Societies They Have
Failed In Their Duty and That Present Jail System
Breeds More Evil Than Saloon and
Gambling House Combined.
In a startling indictment of our prison system, former Judge McKenzie
Cleland last night called upon the churches of Chicago to open their eyes to
the crime of our present-day jails.
Oleland spoke before the West Side Christian Endeavor Societies in
the Eighth Presbyterian Church at Washington boulevard and North Robey
"The church," he said, "has been the greatest builder of all time. It
has built nen and women; it has built communities and nations.
"But our jails of today are destroying more human lives and souls,
more communities and nations, than the church ever can buDd up again.
"Church services in prison are the greatest mockeries the good people
of the church ever lent themselves to.
"It is like striking a-man in the face to preach the Golden Rule to him
while he is In jafl.
"Our excuse to our consciences for building jails and imprisoning
men and women in them is that -we
want to reform the men and women
and reduce crime.
"But we now know that jails make
criminals and increase crime.
"If our criminal system were even
efficient, one might at least be able
to argue .for it on that groundif not
on humane grounds.
"But it isn't efficient In the last
two hundred years murder has fn-
creased two hundred tocr'cent Crime I of a first false step, and a Tiardened
iTCoats the United, States $8,00Q,00O,-
000, which is more than it takes to
run the government Yet there are
now 100,000 murderers at liberty in
the United States.
"The church must do something to
stop this. It cannot stop it while
society continues to make profes
sional criminals, and society now is
doing that, by our jail system.
"We imprison a young man, guilty
criminal together. We say we jail