letter to the editor, Samuel Booth 1882
CHILD CRIME A Plea for ReforiuatoHog in this City. Why Juvenile Criminality Is Increasius ia Brooklyn, and Decreasing in Hew York Esformatory Institutions in tho Latter City. fb'lfta Editor ofths Brooklyn Eagle : A few weeks since you kindly gave me space In your paper for the expression of a few thlughte on th Truant Home and its adjunct, tbe AtteiAlance Sohools. Also for a brief setting forth ol my views as to the necessity, in this city, for a ohlldtau'e reformatory. Witb respeot to this last I have to ask the favor to present present a few faale. In my previous communication the statement, gathered gathered from our police reports, was made that for each of the seven years last past not less than 1,300 children ander fourteen years of age bad been arrested aud brought before our police magistrates. These flsures are probably far abort of tho actual facts. One of our JnBticos bas stated that dnrlug tho past year over five hundred boys bave been brought before blm for crimes ranging frnm throwiug stonea at railroad cars' and petty petty thefts to felonieB of various grades, and II ie probably probably fair to say that each of the other three police justices justices his had as mauy. if not more, than that number of coses brought to his notice. A few vreekB alnee, oa a visit to our county jail, I saw and oonvorsed with fifteen boys, in age from 10 to IS years. A tew were awaiting trial. The majority, however, had been sentenced and ware soon to be transported to th House of Refuge. From June 1 to August 1 ot this year our looal newspapers record the names and offenses of 121 chlldron of the avor.ia ago of about 11 years, arrested for vagrancy. Incorrlglbilty, drunkenness, broakiug street lamps, throwing si onoe at railroad oars, assault, stealing, stabbing, burglary and highway robbery. Of tho 121 six woro girls. A few of tbe number are awaiting trial. Pour were committed to the Truant Home, twouty - on to the House of Ref ugo and the remainder dismissed to the street to become, lu moot coses, (Uepor adepta in orlme.