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BRIEN MCMAHON, Chairman, Assistant Attorney General

JAMES V. BENNETT, Director, Federal Bureau of Prisons GORDON DEAN, Special Executive Assistant to the Attorney General


Director and Editor in Chief


For sale by the Superintendent of Documents, Washington, D. C.

Price $1.50


HV9304 A4 1937



LIBRARY Seicness

(These headings appear in practically every digest. In some instances other headings are added for convenience)

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Persons eligible.

Investigation as to eligibility.

Terms and conditions.

Modification, revocation, and termination.

Probation officers: Appointment, qualification, and compensation.
Probation officers: Powers and duties.

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Three years ago at my direction there was commenced a research project known as the Attorney General's Survey of Release Procedures. The undertaking was financed by a substantial grant of funds by the Works Progress Administration; but the professional direction of the project was made the responsibility of the Attorney General and a staff of persons designated by him. In spite of many difficulties, some foreseen and others unforeseen, the Survey, subject to certain necessary limitations, has been completed. It is my pleasure to present to the public these five volumes of source material dealing with the various methods for the release of persons who have been convicted of crime.

There were suggestions at the outset that the Survey be limited to a probe of the subject of parole. If it had been so limited I would not have been interested. My fundamental purpose was to secure a broad view of the whole field of release procedures, including probation, parole, pardon, and other forms of release both from penal institutions and through the courts. No such study had theretofore been undertaken.

There is in the United States no uniform system of probation or parole or pardon. Widely varying methods of administering these procedures prevail in the various jurisdictions, State and Federal. Very little is known about them. The study was instituted in a spirit of experimentation. It does not purport to furnish the answers to all of the questions which arise in this broad field. These five volumes do, however, furnish valuable source materials which lay the foundations for intelligent work by legislators, administrators, scientists, students, and all others who are concerned with the problems involved in the punishment and rehabilitation of convicted men. These studies supply a part, but only a part, of the need for sound research data in every phase of criminal law administration. The process of fact-finding must be continuous and exhaustive; and it is my hope that

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