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Report of the Juvenile Delinquency Committee   By: (1888-1978)

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In the Report of the Juvenile Delinquency Committee, R. M. Algie brings to light an exhaustive analysis of the issues surrounding juvenile delinquency, reshaping our understanding of the causes and potential solutions for this growing problem. As a prominent authority on criminology, Algie's profound research and meticulous attention to detail make this report an essential resource for policymakers, educators, and anyone seeking to comprehend the complexities of juvenile delinquency.

Algie's report is divided into clear and concise sections, offering a comprehensive overview of the factors driving juvenile delinquency. He explores the influence of broken homes, poverty, lack of education, and peer pressure, revealing how these elements collectively contribute to the deviant behavior observed in many young offenders. The author's skillful analysis not only highlights the harsh realities faced by these juveniles but also exposes the failures of current systems in effectively addressing their needs.

One remarkable aspect of Algie's report lies in his emphasis on prevention rather than solely focusing on punitive measures. He argues for a holistic approach to tackling juvenile delinquency, urging society to address the underlying causes that push young individuals towards criminal behavior. By shedding light on the importance of rehabilitating rather than punishing these offenders, Algie urges compassion as an essential tool in breaking the cycle of delinquency.

Moreover, the report not only identifies the challenges within the system but also proposes practical solutions to combat juvenile delinquency. Algie's recommendations encompass the establishment of appropriate support structures, improved educational systems, and stronger community involvement. Through these suggestions, the report inspires hope, offering a roadmap for reshaping the lives of countless future generations.

What sets this report apart is Algie's ability to present the intricate concepts of criminology in a manner that is accessible to both experts and lay readers. The author's use of relatable case studies and real-world examples effectively engages readers, facilitating their understanding of complex ideas. Algie effortlessly navigates through the jargon of the field, ensuring that his message reaches a wider audience, beyond academics and practitioners.

While the report primarily focuses on juvenile delinquency in a specific context, its principles and conclusions can be applied globally. Although it was published several decades ago, its relevance persists, given the ongoing challenges society faces in tackling youth crime. Algie's legacy as a criminologist and his practical recommendations continue to shape the way society understands and addresses juvenile delinquency today.

In conclusion, R. M. Algie's Report of the Juvenile Delinquency Committee stands as a seminal work in the field of criminology. With its thorough analysis, practical recommendations, and a call for compassion, this report serves as a timeless resource for anyone invested in understanding, preventing, and addressing the growing challenges of juvenile delinquency. Algie's scholarly expertise and commitment to social change shine through, leaving a lasting impact on our collective efforts to create a more just and inclusive society for all.

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(Hon. R. M. Algie, Chairman)

Laid on the Table of the House of Representatives



By a resolution of the House dated the 28th day of September 1954 a Special Select Committee was appointed to consider and to report upon certain matters relating to moral delinquency. In particular, the Committee was instructed to study the recommendations contained in the report of the Mazengarb Committee and to make such observations thereon as it thought fit. This Special Select Committee was empowered to sit during recess and was directed to report its findings to the House within twenty eight days after the commencement of the next ensuing session of Parliament.

The Orders of Reference relating to the Committee were as follows:


Extracts from the Journals of the House of Representatives


Ordered , "That a Select Committee be appointed, consisting of ten Members, to consider the Report of the Special Committee on Moral Delinquency in Children and Adolescents (H 47, 1954); the Committee to make such recommendations or observations as it thinks fit to the House or the Government; the Committee to have power to sit during the recess and for twenty eight days after the commencement of the next ensuing session; the Committee to consist of six Members to be nominated by the Prime Minister and four Members to be nominated by the Leader of the Opposition, such names to be submitted to the Clerk of the House on or before 31 December 1954... Continue reading book >>

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