Excerpt from The Prison Question: A Theoretical and Philosophical Review of Some Matters Relating to Crime, Punishment, Prisons, and Reformation of Convicts. With a Glance at Mental, Social and Political Conditions; And Some Suggestions About Causes, and the Prevention of Crime and th... e Pr
That from a false position no step can be taken in advance without plunging into more falsities, is a fact so self-evident that it precludes argument. The only practical steps are such as lead to a true position. That attained, practical forward movement can be made; keeping a wary eye for tempting but impractical by-ways, and moving no faster than demonstra tion shows to be warranted. There can be no solution of problems in mathematics unless the local and relative value of figures and symbols be maintained. So in other cases. The conditions and operative forces must be studied, and all efforts must be adapted to them if they are to be made practi cal. In the discussions that have attended the efforts of reformers, and that have finally grown into what is called the. Prison question, many elements and Opinions exist that should be eliminated at this time, and others be brought for. Ward, in order to an understanding Of what that question pre sents. In order to answer it correctly the whole siiect matter should be relieved Of many garments that have been put upon it, giving it a false appearance.
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