The Prevention of Juvenile Delinquency: An Experiment

The Prevention of Juvenile Delinquency: An Experiment

The Prevention of Juvenile Delinquency: An Experiment

The Prevention of Juvenile Delinquency: An Experiment

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Almost all languages in the world now include some word or phrase to designate juvenile delinquency. A few even contain a label for the middle-class delinquent, such as blousons dores (jackets of gold) in France, to distinguish them from those of lower class origin, the blousons noirs (black jackets). Israel is concerned with its B'nei tovim (middle-class delinquents) , as well as with the more common, lower socioeconomic types of delinquents -- at either level or both, a problem historically alien to Jewish life. In Holland, Sweden, Italy, Poland, Russia, England and on other continents, the ever-present juvenile delinquents are referred to by various descriptive phrases, ranging from the tight-jacketed ones to hooligans and include taipau (Formosa), taiyozuku (Japan), and tapkaroschi (Yugoslavia) .

This near universality of societal concern with youthful offenders provides ample testimony that juvenile delinquency is, if not a specific concomitant, cer-

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