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CHICAGO CALLED A FAILURE IN
That Chicago Is a failure in its
handling of the crime problem wa
the charge made to the city council
committee investigating the cause
The charge was made in the report
prepared by Edith M. Abbott for Aid.
Chas. E. Merriam. The report says
that more crimes are committed in
Chicago annually than in London,
New York or Paris.
In part the report says:
A man arrested for crime stands
only one chance In thirty of going
to the penitentiary.
Either large numbers of guilty
men escape justice or large numbers
of innocent are arrested unjustifiably.
Hundreds of men suffer imprison
ment in jail although never convicted.
Court, police and jail machinery
costing $8,000,000 a year is maintaln-
Ym ed almost entirely for those discharg-
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offenses are not serious enough to
deserve more than a fine.
Most of men in prison are sent
there because they have no money
they cannot pay fines.
The report also recommends that
poor men be given a chance to pay
their fines on the instalment plan.
According to Miss Abbott, 1913
was our worst year. 262 murders
were committed, 1,022 cases of rob
bery and assault were recorded and
1,041 cases of burglary.
In conclusion the report says:
'Another important and closely re
lated point is the fact that more than
80 per cent of the persons committed
to the house of correction are there
for the non-payment of fines. The
Municipal Court statistics show th$
although only about 2,000 persons
were sentenced to imprisonment,
more than 12,000 others were com
mitted to the houses of correction
for the non-payment of fines,
"That this system, which virtually
sends men to jail because of their
poverty, is not only unjust but de
moralizing to the individual and cost
ly to the state is now becoming wide
ly recognized. In many places the
more enlightened system has been
adopted of suspending sentence and
sending the man back to his family
and bis job."
BIG LINER TO TAKE CANADIAN
TROOPS TO EUROPE?
New York, Sept. 18. -The gipnt
liner Lusitania had hardly warped in
to her dock about 1:30 this morning
when her crew began immediately
the work of recoaling the speedy
Cunarder. Although the Lusitania's
officers refused confirmation, it was
reported the boat will be rushed to
Halifax tonight to carry Canadian
troops to England.
SOME NERVE '
"Well, how do you like your pew
"Gee whiz, they've got crust. Yes
terday they sent me a bill Tor some
eggs their chickens laid in our garden,"