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SUPPLEMENT TO ANNUAL REPORT OF THE ATTORNEY
OF NEW JUVENILE COURT LAWS
Committee to Study need
for Legislation Affecting
MARCH 3, 1915.-Referred to the Committee on the District of Columbia
and ordered to be printed
LETTER OF TRANSMITTAL.
DEPARTMENT OF JUSTICE,
The SPEAKER OF THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES.
SIR: I have the honor to submit herewith a supplement to my annual report to Congress for the fiscal year 1914, embodying the first report of the committee appointed to study the need for legislation affecting children in the District of Columbia, including drafts of new juvenile court laws. Very respectfully,
T. W. GREGORY,
ANNUAL REPORT OF THE ATTORNEY GENERAL.
DEPARTMENT OF JUSTICE,
Washington, D. C., February 13, 1915. To the Senate and House of Representatives of the United States
of America in Congress assembled: In my annual report to you for the year 1914 I made the following statement:
“Impressed with the importance of considering the question of the amendment, revision, and codification of the laws in force in the District of Columbia pertaining to children and to the jurisdiction, practice, and procedure of the juvenile court of the District, my predecessor, on March 6, 1914, appointed a committee composed of Bernard Flexner, of Chicago, chairman; Miss Julia C. Lathrop, chief of the Children’s Bureau, Department of Labor; Rev. William J. Kerby, professor of sociology, Catholic University of America, Washington, D. C.; Walter C. Clephane, Washington, D. C.; and William H. Baldwin, Washington, D. C., to study the present laws and needs of the District in this particular and to advise the Attorney General, accompanying its report with a draft of a code adequate to give the District satisfactory laws upon these subjects, and which might be used as a general model. This committee, acting without compensation, has held frequent meetings, and I am advised that its report will be ready at an early date.
“I am of the opinion that the present juvenile laws of the District of Columbia are antiquated. Copies of the report of the committee and of the proposed revision of the juvenile code will be transmitted to Congress with the hope that they may have your very earnest consideration."