Jump to Content

Collection Guide
Collection Title:
Collection Number:
Get Items:
A. LaMont Smith Collection, 1932-1989
MSS 299  
View entire collection guide What's This?
PDF (98.65 Kb) HTML
Search this collection
Collection Overview
 
Table of contents What's This?
Description
The collection contains research papers and theses; minutes from the California Board of Corrections; California legislative committee reports; information on county jails and detention facilities in California; inmate counseling; jail standards for California; reports on probation and parole in California. The collection also includes materials from the UNRRA. These items are mainly guides and manuals on how to handle the problem of displaced persons in Germany after World War II.
Background
Dr. A. LaMont Smith, a Criminal Justice Consultant, had a long and distinguished career in the criminal justice field. He began his career in 1935, as the Assistant County Probation Officer in San Bernardino, California. In 1939, he became a Warden’s Assistant and Parole Officer for the U.S. Department of Justice at Terminal Island. In 1941, Smith became First Associate Superintendent of the new prison in Chino, California, where he was responsible for developing individualized treatment programs for minimum-security facilities. In 1944, Smith earned his Masters Degree in Public Administration from the University of Southern California. In that same year the United Nations Relief and Rehabilitation Administration (UNRRA) recruited him to become a Team Director in Regensburg, Germany to locate free-living Displaced Persons and provide them with food, shelter, and medical care. In 1952, he became the Executive officer of the California Board of Corrections, where he was responsible for researching and implementing minimum jail standards, and providing plans for new construction or remodeling of jails. In 1958, he received his Doctorate in Public Administration from the University of Southern California. In 1960, he became a faculty member of the School of Criminology, University of California, Berkeley. At Berkeley Dr. Smith taught probation, parole and correctional administration courses for both upper division and graduate students. In 1968, Dr. Smith became a faculty member of the Center for the Study of Crime, Delinquency and Corrections, Southern Illinois University at Carbondale. He was primarily involved in developmental research and new training procedures for the U.S. Department of State programs for correctional administrators from foreign countries. In 1969, Dr. Smith was the First Deputy Director of the Arizona Department of Corrections. In 1977, he became a Criminal Justice Consultant traveling to Arizona, Washington, Europe, and Asia conducting courses and seminars on various aspects of the Criminal Justice system in the United States. In 1979, Dr Smith was a visiting Professor of Justice to the University of Alaska-Fairbanks and at the U.S. Air Force Base, Sembach, West Germany.
Extent
5.5 linear feet
Restrictions
Permission for publication is given on behalf of Special Collections as the owner of the physical items and is not intended to include or imply permission of the copyright holder, which must also be obtained by the researcher.
Availability
Collection open for research.