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Another meeting of the Committee appointed by the Wellington Justices of the Peace to consider the question of juvenile crime took place on Saturday afternoon. Mr Garvey (chief gaoler) and Policesergeant Morice were examined. The latter stated that there were 500 children roaming about the streets of Wellington between seven and ten o'clock in the evening, The Committee have suggested that the following amendments be made in the Police Offences Act:—" (1) Any person under the age of fourteen years being in any public place, or in any plaoe accessible to the public, not being under proper control after the hour of (blank), in the" evening during the months of (blank), and after the hours of (blank) during the months of (blank) shall be summoned before the Magistrate, together with the parent or other responsible person, to show why proper control has not been recognised and exercised. (2) Any boy under the age of fourteen years upon being convicted of being in any public pkce accessible to the public, not being under proper control after the hour of (blank) in the evening during the. months of (blank) shall be liable to receive, (blank) strokes with a birch rod upon convictioni and when it is shown that proper control has not been exercised either parent or responsible person' shall be liable to a penalty not exceeding (blank)." The Committee also carried the following resolutions :—" That the imprisonment of children be altogether discontinued, and that thev be either birched and dismissed or sent to the industrial school. On the committal of the children to the industrial school or other school the strictest attention be given to the charging of parents with the full cost of the support j this charge to be aa great, if not greater, than if they were maintaining the children themselves at home. A distinction to be made 1 between children who are criminal 'and those who have been merely' unfortunate or neglected, and that they he separated and confined to distinct establish!, mento?. Farms to be set apart k one for «ach set of children, where they may be' taught fruit and vegetable growing, the manages

ment of horses and cattle, with a distmot view to their becoming useful settlers upon the land upon reaching manhood. That the Court to exercise jurisdiction in these matters should consist of a committee of seven Justices, to be annually appointee, in the manner provided, of whom three should form a quorum." .

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JUVENILE CRIME., Issue 7941, 24 June 1889

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JUVENILE CRIME. Issue 7941, 24 June 1889

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