John Augustus, Father of Probation and the Anonymous Letter

Lindner, Charles
June 2006
Federal Probation;Jun2006, Vol. 70 Issue 1, p77
The article discusses the Father of Probation, John Augustus, and an anonymous letter sent to him. Augustus, born in Woburn, Massachusetts in 1785, assisted minor offenders for 18 years until his death. An anonymous letter addressed to Augustus takes note that the law punishes the offender not only for his/her crime but throughout his life even after he has atoned his wrongdoing, the similar consequences a female offender undergoes, and praise for Augustus' work in reforming the criminal.


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