Report of the City Council Committee on Crime of the City of Chicago

Report of the City Council Committee on Crime of the City of Chicago

Chicago: Press of H. G. Adair, 1915.

First Edition. Hardcover. Good. 196 pp, with two folding tables, in original cloth boards. Inscribed on the front free endpaper "Compliments of Judge Charles W. Goodnow" (a municipal court judge). Old dampstain visible on rear board and top margin of first 40 pages, some nibbling to cloth at head of spine; good only. Seeking solutions to the city's crime problem, in 1914 the Mayor of Chicago authorized the creation of a committee to collect statistics on the frequency of major crimes and the disposition of cases, as well as causes of crime and practical methods of prevention. The report includes copious statistics on crime frequency, demographics, conviction rates, etc., as well as description and analysis of "criminal conditions," and approaches to crime prevention. Among the conclusions: "Police organization and methods are wholly inadequate to deal with the crime situation in Chicago." Not only did the investigators conclude that "incompetence, lack of discipline, and aggressiveness noticeable on a large scale" in the police department, but also that corruption was widespread: "One of the chief causes of crime in Chicago is that members of the police force, and particularly of the plain clothes staff, are hand in glove with the criminals. Instead of punishing the criminal, they protect him. Instead of using the power of the law for the protection of society, they use it for their own personal profit. They form a working agreement with pickpockets, prowlers, confidence men, gamblers, and other classes of offenders. The basis of this agreement is a division of profits between the law-breaker and the public official. They exact extent of this system is impossible to determine, but there is no doubt that its ramifications are so wide as to cripple the machinery for the enforcement of the law."

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