A recent survey of 1.600 randomly selected New Yorkers revealed that only one percent of them were innocent of a major felony that could land them in jail for a year or more. The average respondent was guilty of fifteen or more such crimes. New York, of course, is noted for its crime rate, but the same type of survey was also taken in America's "Bible Belt." Respectable college students from middle class Texan families were found, in this survey, to be only slightly less guilty of serious felonies than were their less fortunate contemporaries who were serving time in the local reformatories or state penitentiaries. The main difference between the "good" people and the "bad" criminals in each survey seemed to be that the college student in Texas and the man on the street in New York City had been clever enough to escape detection and punishment.
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