Early Steps in the Treatment of the Jewish Juvenile Delinquent

By Julian Greifer

Jewish Communal Service Association of North America (JCSA), National Conference of Jewish Social Welfare, June 1948

This piece covers early developments in the treatment of Jewish juvenile delinquency in Philadelphia. The piece highlights that the movement towards improvement in the treatment of youth delinquency originated from common law which stressed the responsibility of the state for the welfare of children. Features of the early treatment included the recruitment of immigrant children from Eastern Europe for various activities, which prompted the creation of the Juvenile Aid Committee, meant to specifically handle this population. Early results of the Committee's work were very encouraging. Children placed in country homes made satisfactory progress and the work was deemed to be extremely valuable to the parents, according to the reports of the Committee. The piece concludes by highlighting the trajectory of the committee, which eventually became the Juvenile Aid Society which then merged with the Association of Jewish Children of Philadelphia.

Topic: History, Youth, Social Services, Social Work, Immigration, Incarceration, Crime, Family, Integration

Name of Publication: The Jewish Social Service Quarterly

Editor: Aptekar, Herbert H.

Volume/Issue: Vol.24/no.4

Page Number(s): 388-401

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Genre: Article

Coverage: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania , United States

Language: English

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Bibliographic Information:
Greifer, Julian. Early Steps in the Treatment of the Jewish Juvenile Delinquent. The Jewish Social Service Quarterly. Jewish Communal Service Association of North America (JCSA),National Conference of Jewish Social Welfare. June 1948: 388-401. http://www.bjpa.org/Publications/details.cfm?PublicationID=6076


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