Robert M. MacIvor

Sunday, February 01, 1959

This episode is from the WNYC archives. It may contain language which is no longer politically or socially appropriate.

MacIvor answers questions about the Juvenile Delinquency Evaluation Project.

Jay Nelson Tuck moderates.

Panelists: Bernie Lufkowitz, Jack Parker, Jim Farrell, Elaine Paul


Probation system is grossly inadequate. Advises a better recruiting system, better working conditions, better training, and smaller workload. Proposes bringing together the various groups of probation officers currently under different judges. Probation is a good alternative to an institution. Youth can be incorrigible when they're so far alienated from their society that they can't change. Never assume anyone is incorrigible; get them before they get there. Many are averse to school, which lead to truancy and delinquency. Gangs. Advises against a rumored Police Department point system (quota) on delinquents. Role of religion in school: any instruction given would be perfunctory, and that's what the church is for. Moral training (respect for truth) could be helpful. On a whole, there may not actually be an increase in delinquency. The activity is more violent than it used to be because of the use of weapons. Recent incoming groups to the city are where the increase is found. Italians and Irish headed the list once; Puerto Ricans now. Skirts questions about the diminishing reputation of the police department. Increase in the number of arrests; reduction of the number of violent crimes last summer, perhaps because of the presence of the Police. Requests more juvenile aid bureau service, more uniform training services. Institution of curfews. Denies the influence of rock n roll on juvenile delinquency: "music is something that soothes the savage breath." Youth Court reorganization, handling of offenders. Background checks of potential suitors of girls.

Audio courtesy of the NYC Municipal Archives WNYC Collection

WNYC archives id: 72128
Municipal archives id: LT8312


Jim Farrell, Bernie Lufkowitz, Robert M. MacIvor, Jack Parker, Elaine Paul and Jay Nelson Tuck


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