Delinquency and Spare Time: A Study of a Few Stories Written Into the Court Records of the City of Cleveland, Volume 1

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Columbia University, 1918 - Cleveland (Ohio) - 207 pages
 

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Page iv - Survey of Cleveland conducted by the Survey Committee of the Cleveland Foundation in 1915.
Page 85 - As one thinks over these facts and reads again these brief accounts of serious juvenile delinquency, the conviction deepens that here, in a neighborhood that most people would think exceptionally good, is one of the worst failures in developing wholesome uses of spare time which has been revealed in this study; the conviction too gains ground that juvenile delinquency is no respecter of 'good families' and 'desirable neighborhoods'.
Page 121 - ... practical, safe and attractive program of spare-time activities for any child. The probation officers think that they are too busy with investigations, and have too many probationers under supervision at one time, to do this reconstructive kind of probation as well as it might be done. Some also think that even if a program is worked out the children will not follow it. It is not the routine business of school teachers to know or to be responsible for the whole boy, especially out of school hours....
Page 115 - ... per cent of all their activities; as against the casually and in some cases surreptitiously acquired recreational associations of our delinquents, the statistics for the wholesome citizens record that in...
Page 180 - The relations between delinquency and spare time reduce to two kinds: (a) a relation so close as to amount in many cases to an identity of habitual spare-time activity with delinquency; (b) a contributory relation of spare-time activities to delinquency through knowledge of, opportunity for, and temptations to delinquency." The book is an instructive addition to the rapidly increasing library of recreational literature, and as an accurate study of actual cases, furnishes data which is of value to...
Page 122 - Settlements and churches offer clubs and classes and opportunities for mental and spiritual culture, but many children do not go to these at all, and even for those who go, attendances are usually confined to not more than 3 hours of the day or evening of one or two or three days a week; but a week brings to any of these delinquents an average of 42 hours of spare-time, or seven times as much spare time as is cared for by these agencies. "In short, it is apparently nobody's...
Page 20 - These runs or gullies are spanned by a few bridges at long distances apart. It is usually true that children living on one side would be obliged to travel a prohibitively long distance in order to go to a school located...
Page 152 - ... whole year. In short, it must be a supervision that will find out the child's habitual uses of spare time, not merely his occasional activities. But, however perfect the supervision of probation officers may become, it will necessarily be lacking in one essential. It does not begin early enough in the life of the child. The supervision of spare time that will be most effective in preventing delinquency must be started before the wrong uses of spare time begin, or at least before they become habitual...
Page 26 - The door was open, no one seemed to be taking care of the tobacco, and we thought they left it for us, as they do the cratings." This boy says that at school, during recess and at noon, they have much fun playing tennis, using rackets rudely constructed of boards — mere paddles. He goes swimming, but the fishing, he says, is not good. His trips to Euclid Beach and Luna Park, the largest commercial...
Page 118 - ... the delinquent act is suggested by the habitual spare-time practice"; (3) "the delinquent act is committed in order to get money for recreation"; (4) "the delinquent act is committed to qualify the child for certain recreational opportunities afforded by a recognized play group"; (5) "the delinquent act expresses a reaction against school, work, or both.

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