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Great Britain’s Home Office is roughly equivalent to the U.S. Department of Justice. Within this agency was the small Research Unit, located during the 1970s at Romney House on Marsham Street, a five-minute walk from Scotland Yard. There, in 1973, a thirty-one-year-old research officer named Ronald Clarke had just completed a study of why youths abscond from borstals (American translation: why juvenile delinquents run away from reform school).