L. RON HUBBARD: HOW HIS WORK HAS INFLUENCED THE WORLD
REHABILITATION OF THE CRIMINAL
If The Way to Happiness proved to be a boon to society at large, it came to represent something even more than that to thousands and thousands of men and women locked behind prison bars.
Long before the authorities in charge of modern prison systems had written off criminals as unsalvageable and came to accept an 80 percent recidivism rate as normal, L. Ron Hubbard had traced the cause of crime to the loss of self-respect. The consequences of this loss are disastrous for it amounts to an individual who has broken the contract with himself. With this simple yet powerful datum in mind, a modest reform program was first established in London in the early 1950s aimed at the rehabilitation of juvenile delinquents. Four years later, a similar effort was launched in Californias Folsom Prison, and the stage was effectively set for the founding of Criminon (without crime) and the introduction of Mr. Hubbards methods of criminal reform directly into the prison system.
In 1970, the first Criminon program officially opened in New Zealand and by the end of the decade, as described in Chapter 31, L. Ron Hubbards technology had become an international movement.
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