NYPD: Do Not Hound Ex-convicts

“Do not hound or persecute ex-convicts.  If a man has been convicted of a crime and has paid the penalty, he is entitled to start life anew and should receive assistance and cooperation from you in his endeavor to live a decent life.  If he lives on your post do not tell his neighbors of his past; if he is seeking employment, or is employed, do not inform the employer for the sole purpose of having him discharged.  Tell your superiors or members of the Detectives Division so that they may keep a watch on him.  If he is hounded by the police and prohibited from engaging in lawful vocation, there is only one door open to him, to again become a criminal.”  New York City Police Department, 1914)

“Do not let the past remind us of what we are not now.’ – Crosby, Stills and Nash: Suite Judy Blue Eyes, 1969.


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