Then in 1935

Then in 1935 - Then in 1935 he quit teaching and entered...

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Unformatted text preview: Then in 1935, he quit teaching and entered reformatory work, becoming principal of Diepkloof Reformatory, which housed about six hundred boys. Paton began a program of reforms there, providing the boys with more freedom and better preparation for adapting themselves to the outside world prior to their release. In fact, he became known among the inmates as "the man who pulled up barbed wire fences and planted geraniums." The coming of World War II prevented Paton from putting all his reforms into effect. Paton himself tried to enlist in the South African army, but the Department of Education felt he was needed far more at Diepkloof Reformatory. With the end of the war, Paton started on an ambitious program of studying prisons and reform schools around the world. To finance his studies, he sold his insurance policies; his wife, Dorrie, took a job so that she could support their two sons, David and Jonathon. While he was on a train for a job so that she could support their two sons, David and Jonathon....
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