A Half Century with Juvenile Delinquents

A Half Century with Juvenile Delinquents

by Bradford Kinney Peirce
     
 

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Effect of Escape from Conviction upon Boy.—Incident at House of Refnge. was no separate prison for boys, he would be thrown into the company of old and hardened villains, whose conversation and influence would utterly corrupt him, and extinguish every spark of honesty within him. The jury, eager to find any loophole to permit them to escape deliberately condemning a boy to certain moral ruin, yielding to the persuasion of the advocate rather than to the law in the case, refused to find him guilty, and the boy was discharged. The sequel was a sad one, and deeply impressed upon the mind of the young lawyer the importance of securing, in such a case, some positive and powerful reformatory agency to counteract the effect of temptation and evil habits. The boy, emboldened by this easy acquittal which. followed his first offence, very soon fell into the commission of more serious crimes. Under the tuition of those he met during his limited term in the penitentiary, he became a confirmed criminal, and some years since died in prison, while serving out a sentence for larceny. Singularly enough, while he was in prison a fortune of eighty thousand dollars was left to him. The early incidents in this case led Mr. Gerard to the conviction that something should be done to rescue the youth of both sexes, who were in peri.1 of a criminal life, from their inevitable corruption if left to themselves or committed to the penitentiary. An incident which Mr. Gerard related, at the opening of the new house on Randall's Island, forms a very happy counterpart to the one which so powerfully impressed his mind with the peril of exposed children, and justifies the wisdom of the plan which he had the honor to place before the community, for the first time, in a tangible form. Within a month, he remarke...

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Effect of Escape from Conviction upon Boy.—Incident at House of Refnge. was no separate prison for boys, he would be thrown into the company of old and hardened villains, whose conversation and influence would utterly corrupt him, and extinguish every spark of honesty within him. The jury, eager to find any loophole to permit them to escape deliberately condemning a boy to certain moral ruin, yielding to the persuasion of the advocate rather than to the law in the case, refused to find him guilty, and the boy was discharged. The sequel was a sad one, and deeply impressed upon the mind of the young lawyer the importance of securing, in such a case, some positive and powerful reformatory agency to counteract the effect of temptation and evil habits. The boy, emboldened by this easy acquittal which. followed his first offence, very soon fell into the commission of more serious crimes. Under the tuition of those he met during his limited term in the penitentiary, he became a confirmed criminal, and some years since died in prison, while serving out a sentence for larceny. Singularly enough, while he was in prison a fortune of eighty thousand dollars was left to him. The early incidents in this case led Mr. Gerard to the conviction that something should be done to rescue the youth of both sexes, who were in peri.1 of a criminal life, from their inevitable corruption if left to themselves or committed to the penitentiary. An incident which Mr. Gerard related, at the opening of the new house on Randall's Island, forms a very happy counterpart to the one which so powerfully impressed his mind with the peril of exposed children, and justifies the wisdom of the plan which he had thehonor to place before the community, for the first time, in a tangible form. Within a month, he remarke...

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