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Title Facts Forum News, Vol. 4, No. 7, August 1955
Series Title Facts Forum News
Creator
  • Facts Forum
Publisher Facts Forum
Date August 1955
Language eng
Subject
  • Anti-communist movements
  • Conservatism
  • Politics and government
  • Hunt, H. L.
Place
  • Dallas, Texas
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  • journals (periodicals)
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  • Text
Identifier AP2.F146 v. 4 1955; OCLC: 1352973
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  • University of Houston Libraries
  • Facts Forum News
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Transcript Americans stand aghast at today's rising wave of youthful crime, sadistic "thrill-killings" and distressing misdemeanors—and ask, "Who is to blame?"; "What can we do?" Upsurge In JuvenilcDc Child guidance authority lint ram Heck, in a REPORTERS' ROUNDUP interview sets forth his views on all phases of the problem—from spanking to slums—in answer to questions of veteran reporters Jack Doherty of the NKW YORK DAILY NEWS and Ken A. Gilmore of Newspaper Enterprise Association. Holier! F. Iluileigli aeled as Moderator. (DOHERTY): Air. Beck, do you believe that the nation's courts are sometimes soft-hearted and possibly softheaded toward juvenile delinquents who come before them? Well. I have heard a lot of people say that they are. but I have found lhal when you look into the individual instances, vou find that it's really nol the case. Now recently a judge nn the criminal bench up there in New A ork City said lhat he had a youngster appear before him who had been before tbe Juvenile Court three time- and nothing had happened, and hr was up there in lhe Criminal Court on an adult charge. JUVENILE COURTS LACK RESOURCES When I looked into lhal one. I found that the youngster was an epileptic and lhal lhe Juvenile Court bad been unable to find a place for him in the colony for epileptics in New York Slate. Often, rather than being soft-headed or snft. hearted, the real fad of lhe mailer was thai lhe eom- niunilv lhal is. the taxpayers — haven't provided the Juvenile Courl wilh the instruments to lake the effective action they could lake- if thev had the proper personnel and the proper resources lo turn to. (DOHERTY): Do you think the late Father Flanagan, who used to run Boys' Town out in Omaha, might have been right when he said there is no such thine as a hail boy? I think he was right in a measure, that any youngster — certainly al lhe lime of birth ha- tin- potential In la' ei good boy. that he is not basically, inherently heul. Rut I think in the sense lhal most people u^e thr word, certainly there arc young hoodlums who cause an awful hit of damage and inflict an awful lol of harm and are- awfully hard to reach; so in that sense I would not agree. (DOHERTY): Well, the FBI backs you up in that. According to their latest figures from last year, 53.6 per cent of all auto thefts and 50.6 per cent of the crimes against property were committed by persons 17 years old or less. The FBI says there has been an abnormally high rate of juvenile misbehavior. Now on that point of auto theft, there is something lhal any listener cm do aboul lhal. and that is to stop leaving lhe keys in the car when he leave's lhe car parked on ihr curb or in hi- driveway. There is no euiswer to juvenile crime or adult crime, hut part of any answer is lo try lo avoid placing temptation in the path of the potential delinquent or criminal. (HURLEIGH): But temptations are in front of all of us, sir. Indeed they an-, so thai in order lo arrive al some basic solution lo ibis problem of delinquency, we have lo make a two-pronged attack. On one hand wc attempl In rear children who arc less vulnerable to delinquency, and on lhe other hand we try lo make our communities over so that there is less inducement lo delinquency in them. PUNISH PARENTS? (GILMORE): Is one of the answers to this—as a lot of people have said—punishing the parents for the delinquency on (he pari of their children'.' I think thai depends entirely on lhe parents. 1 certainl) don'l subscribe lo any theory lhal all parents whose children arc delinquent should automatically be punished. There an' instances in which children an. delinquent in which I find it hard to sec how the parent heis had anv direcl relationship In lhe delinquency. There arc on lhe other hand, sum1' parents who are wilfully negligent, and where lhal occurs for instance where a child commits property damage an'' lhe parent has been negligent certainly the' parent should l.e responsible fur the ads of the child. (DOHERTY): Do you believe lhal musl of the juvenile delinquents come from underprivileged homes, broken homes? Yes. 1 do believe lhal. although in lhe lasl four or five years we have heul ;t growing number of delinquents in lhe suburbs and subdivisions and in the more favored neighborhoods. Thr statistical lad of lhe mailer is lhal the hard core "I our problem is where ii always heis I.ecu. and lhal is in the deteriorated areas of our cities, where we do find a greal number of broken homes, destitution, poor housing, and kindred social ev ils. (HURLEIGH): Would you say that wc have more slum areas today than vve had. say twenty years age- No, it is my impression lhal we probably have fewer slum areas. (HURLEIGH): II we have reduced our slum areas. '" Page 4S FACTS FORUM NEWS, August, 195
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