Beginnings.

 

Probation started up in Boston in 1841, when John Augustus showed drunks kindness rather than to a prison cell. Rehabilitation was baked into probation from the start. The deal was set: lower recidivism in the future than incarceration, purchased at lower cost, offsetting any crimes committed during the term. 

 

It held for a century. Until it didn't.

 

gagliardo DOP chief
gagliardo DOP chief
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Juvenile hearing 1955
Juvenile hearing 1955
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Mary Finan and priest and lady
Mary Finan and priest and lady
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John Augustus for site
John Augustus for site
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Elizabeth gets probation
Elizabeth gets probation
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NYS probation conference
NYS probation conference
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