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JAMA 100 Years Ago
August 4, 2010

Juvenile Crime

JAMA. 2010;304(5):585. doi:10.1001/jama.2010.1019

(From Our Regular Correspondent)—PARIS, Dec. 2, 1910.

In a report to the General Council of the Department of the Seine, M. Ambroise Rendu published suggestive statistics among minors. Out of every 1,000 crimes against persons, four are committed by minors under 16 years, and 164 by minors aged from 16 to 20. Out of every 1,000 crimes against property, two are committed by minors under 16, and 178 by minors aged from 16 to 20. In 1905, 3,805 boys and 566 girls under 16 were before the courts; in 1909, there were 4,517 boys and 703 girls. Believing that it is time to combat this proportion of crime among minors, M. Ambroise Rendu has invited the general council to pass the following resolutions: (1) that minors arrested for any offense should be transported in special conveyances without contact with other arrested persons; (2) that minors' cases should be tried before a special magistrate; (3) that such cases should be tried in chambre de conseil, that is, not publicly, but with the aid of a representative of a society for the protection of children.

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