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Juvenile crime is attributed by the Inspector of Prisons mainly to bad home training, or the entire absence of home - influence or training, due almost to criminal parental neglect. Lieut-Colonel-Hume proceeds thus :— Tne neglected child, if not sent to an industrial school, quickly develops into the criminal child and on attaining the age of 15 or thereabouts is a thorough adept m crime la any of our larger towns may be seen ' nightly groups of these hobbledehoys congregated at the street corners, insulting passers-by, and polluting the air with foul and, obscene language A 6areful study of the former history ofthese hoodlums shows that they commence about six or seven years of age by - playing truant, and it seems a perfect meter of indifference to the parents whether their children reach school or not The next step is they are found robbing cemeteries, gardens, or orchards; - next become street arabs ; and, to follow them on, after serving short sentences of imprisonment, become racecour&e spielers " confidence men," "or cracksmen," and? finally develope into burglars, horse^ stealers or forgers, are sentenced to penalservitude, and have to be kept by the/ colony for the remainder of their natural" lives, 'i he remedy appears to be that, neglected children when young should be : sent to industrial schools at the expense of their parents, and so given a chance of becoming useful instead of dangerous members of society ; and if the parents ere without money to pay for their children they should be compelled to earn it by the sweat of their brows. On the other hand, criminal children should be sent to reformatories proper, by which arrangement there could be no possibility of contamination. '

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THE ONWARD MARCH OF CRIME, Ashburton Guardian, Volume VII, Issue 2195, 9 August 1889

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THE ONWARD MARCH OF CRIME Ashburton Guardian, Volume VII, Issue 2195, 9 August 1889

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