However this may be, I hope that in making this radical change, one basic truth will not be overlooked: the dedication of the great majority of prison officers to their jobs, doing their best both to protect the public and to deal humanely with offenders whose rightful punishment is the loss of their freedom.
In the course of many years, as chairman of the Parole Board and as president of the National Association of Probation Officers, I have learnt to respect prison officers for their skill in combining discipline with caring. The administration of our penal establishments depends, to a large extent, on good personal relationships between staff and inmates. I trust that this essential factor will not be prejudiced by considerations of economy, or political dogma.
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