|Title||The voluntary delinquent: Parents, daughters, and the Montreal Juvenile Delinquents’ Court in 1918|
|Publication Type||Journal Article|
|Year of Publication||1999|
|Journal||CANADIAN HISTORICAL REVIEW|
|Keywords||19TH-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|
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.