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October 10, 1908

Die Behandlung der Straffälligen Jugend.

JAMA. 1908;LI(15):1248. doi:10.1001/jama.1908.02540150052015

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No. 30 of the "Physician as Educator" (Arzt als Erzieher) series is hardly medical, but deals from a legal and sociologic standpoint with the question of the proper legal procedure in the case of youths who have broken the law. The author regards it as very desirable that the age at which such children shall be liable to arraignment and conviction of crime should be raised from 14 to 16 years, and notes the tendency in Germany, France and England to modify the law in the direction of greater leniency in dealing with young offenders. The "juvenile courts" of America are described at length, and the author emphasizes the fact that in America the aim of the law in dealing with young criminals is reformation rather than punishment. This principle he urges must be taken into consideration in adapting the institution to German needs. The Danish law, which provides for

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