You know what's awesome about living in the future? Not having to worry about crime of any kind.
The March 17, 1907 Washington Post ran a piece from the Chicago Tribune titled "How Our Progeny Will Live One Hundred Years From Now." An excerpt, which imagines a world where crime is extremely rare, appears below.
I found the most interesting idea in the piece to be that those of a criminal inclination would no longer be allowed to procreate.
CRIME WILL NO LONGER EXIST
The repression of crime will largely be through preventive measures. With improved detective methods the chances of escape in any given case will be greatly diminished, the innocent will be rarely accused at all, and the punishments of the guilty will be of a reformatory character. In the meantime the study of mental science will have made great strides, and a great source of crime will be eliminated because men and women with the mental twist which leads to crime will be absolutely prevented from propagating their race.
Previously on Paleo-Future:
- Computer Criminals of the Future (1981)
- Wristwatch of the Future as Crimefighter (1979)
- The Road Ahead: Future of Police Work (1995)
- 21st Century Eugenics (1967)
- Problems With Eugenics (1967)