The juvenile court system of Kansas
George Asbury Stephens
The original title of the book: The juvenile court system of Kansas By: George Asbury StephensPage 96
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Excerpt from book: PREFACE. A thorough investigation of the juvenile court system of a state as large as Kansas by a non-official would involve no small amount of time, money, and patience. Even the official, though he may have back of him a legalized and compulsory reporting system, needs to ensure accuracy by some independent and" unbiased means of verifying reports and of investigating local conditions that may be peculiar. This should mean a systematic visitation of county seats and an examination of conditions that prevail in country towns, rural districts, homes, and public schools. We lay no claim in this brief study to so thorough a cultivation of a field so large. We do believe that sufficient data have been collected to justify our presentation of the subject as we have found it, with some of our own generalizations appended thereto. Of the raw material necessary to such a study as this there are, as we have already intimated, three sources: observation, the interview, and written reports: and it has been upon the last of these sources that we have necessarily had in large measure to rely, though we have been in touch with one of the best courts in the state, and have had a lifelong apprenticeship as a student of Kansas institutions and conditions. But the acquisition of this written matter is by no means easy in the absence of up-to- date reports. In fact, no official reports that relate directly to our subject are in existence. Of the courts themselves the law does not require reports and scarcely any records. The state institutions to which commitments are made have no reports out that cover the period of a year and a third that the Juvenile Court Act has been in operation. The State Board of Control created a little over a year ago for the management of the state, and the supervi...