Juvenile Delinquency

Archive Report

Rise of Juvenile Delinquency in War

Great Britain during its first year of war experienced an increase of more than 40 per cent in juvenile delinquency. The increase in this country during the first year of American participation in the war was more moderate, but it was still sufficient to create alarm over an apparent increase in criminal tendencies among American youth.

Available statistics indicate an increase of about 10 per cent in arrests of youthful offenders in the largest cities, New York and Chicago, during 1942; increases ranging up to 33 per cent in middle-sized cities that have become centres of war production; and increases ranging up to 100 per cent or more in small communities situated near army camps and naval training centres or ...

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