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Juvenile Justice in Victorian Scotland$
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Christine Kelly

Print publication date: 2019

Print ISBN-13: 9781474427340

Published to Edinburgh Scholarship Online: May 2020

DOI: 10.3366/edinburgh/9781474427340.001.0001

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The Dream Fades

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Juvenile Justice in Victorian Scotland

Christine Kelly

Edinburgh University Press

The third chapter moves on to examine the period 1860-84, looking at the impact of the developing statutory system and its central features. Underpinning the whole analysis is examination of cases illustrating the way the system was applied in practice. It demonstrates the unforeseen consequences of this legislative and centralising process: in essence, the distinctiveness of the Scottish day industrial school system was sacrificed, its original welfarist principles undermined as it became aligned to the British system regulating certified residential industrial and reformatory schools of a penal character. The chapter also covers efforts to restore the original elements of the project and the calls for reappraisal, culminating in Watson’s final, poignant public appearance when he passionately denounced the statutory system.

Keywords:   impact of statutory system, inspectorate, role of schools in criminal justice system, re-evaluation of significance, public function, calls for reform, denunciation

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