Reform of Delinquents

Archive Report

Changes in Care of Young Troublemakers

State work camps for reclamation of delinquent youths are receiving wide acclaim as an instrument for dealing with one of society's most troubling problems. The camps have been highly successful in the ease of certain groups of carefully selected boys, but it has been emphasized that they cannot supply all the answers to the complex questions involved in juvenile delinquency. One of the most significant things about the camps is that they give prominence to a gradual change in correctional methods which is taking place generally in institutions for delinquents.

The change is away from incarceration, plus a certain amount of vocational training, and in the direction of treatment programs which take into account the individual needs of each offender. ...

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