Youngsters in Trouble

Archive Report

Mounting Concern Over Juvenile Delinquency

A junior crime wave of serious proportions led the the Senate at its 1953 session to authorize the first congressional investigation of juvenile delinquency in the history of the country. The inquiry is to be opened in November by a subcommittee of the Senate Judiciary Committee.1 While the investigation may disclose nothing not presently known to specialists in the field, its findings are expected to shock the public, as did those of the Senate crime investigation of 1950–51, and to stimulate concerted action on the problem in areas where it is acute. No new federal legislation is now contemplated.

Despite growing efforts to provide constructive recreational and other facilities, misbehavior among young people has increased at an alarming rate during recent ...

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