The voluntary delinquent: Parents, daughters, and the Montreal Juvenile Delinquents’ Court in 1918

TitleThe voluntary delinquent: Parents, daughters, and the Montreal Juvenile Delinquents’ Court in 1918
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication1999
AuthorsMyers, T
JournalCANADIAN HISTORICAL REVIEW
Volume80
Pagination242-268
ISBN Number0008-3755
Keywords19TH-CENTURY MONTREAL, Adolescent girls, Canada, Child rearing, Child welfare, Courts, Daughters, History, Judicial process, Juvenile courts, Juvenile delinquency, Legislation, Social conditions, Women, Young offenders, youth
Abstract

Hundreds of delinquent daughters were brought before Montreal’s Juvenile Delinquents’ Court, which opened in 1912. Their "crimes" consisted primarily of defying parental authority over contributions to the family economy and housework and their seemingly precocious attitude toward sexuality. Myers analyzes how juvenile justice functioned in the Montreal juvenile court system that emerged in the wake of the 1908 Juvenile Delinquents Act.