Two months after the atrocious wholesale murder of workers in and about the Herrin mines the course of justice has proceeded so far as to obtain from a Grand Jury one individual indictment… The country is watching Herrin; it knows that a great crime was committed; it will not be content until the guilty are brought to justice.
The government is also the supreme law-making body of society, although rules of conduct are set forth by many other social agencies. New inventions like the radio, the airplane and the automobile call for laws as do new social conditions, such as child labor in factories, chain stores or trusts. Laws in general lag.
The modern view of crime is that it is not a thing apart, like cancer; not something which can be isolated and treated as a single phenomenon by such simple devices as punishment and prison walls. It is one manifestation of a complex set of forces in society. While crime is the net resultant of exceedingly complex forces, it has specific feature which can be dealt with.