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JUDGE MALCOLM HATFIELD Nationally-Known Juvenile Court Judge Author: Children in Court Which is Being Widely Read and Quoted Conducts Weekly Column on Juvenile Delinquency for 500 Newspapers and Magazines REDPATH JUDGE MALCOLM HATFIELD Outstanding Authority on Juvenile Delinquency, Noted Author and Speaker About 80,000 youngsters under 21 years of age are arrested in this country every year. Their offenses range from misdemeanors to homicide. The problem of crime and criminal potentialities in the young is a particularly provocative challenge to all socially minded people. With this background we introduce MALCOLM HATFIELD, Judge of the Juvenile Court of Berrien County, Michigan, who at the age of 38, has won a national reputation for the manner in which he has handled juvenile delinquency cases. When he was first elected to this office in 1932, he was head of the Social Science Department of the Niles, Michigan, Public Schools. He was reelected in 1936 by a large vote. As a Probate Judge he has helped to clarify the law by having numerous appeals from his rulings to the Supreme Court. In each and every case the highest tribunal has upheld his decisions. Which is most unusual in view of the fact that he is not a lawyer. Possibly his university training in the fields of philosophy, economics, finance, social science and journalism accounts for it. He holds the degrees of Bachelor of Philosophy and Master of Arts from the University of Notre Dame. For six years he has contended that we are not only squandering millions of dollars on an antiquated penal system, but are actually forcing young men and women into the ranks of 4,000,000 criminals who prey upon society at an annual cost of $15,000,000,000. A pioneer in the new organismic or total personality school, he started comparing the delinquent children who appeared before him in the light of their physical, intellectual, social and emotional aspects. He found that each of these conditioned the others in the development of a distinct pattern of behavior. As a member and chairman of the Michigan Corrections Commission, he has worked to have all offenders placed under the supervision of trained psychologists, psychiatrists and social workers with a view of giving each inmate individual treatment and instruction according to his needs. Judge Hatfield is also a newspaper and magazine columnist, writing a series of weekly articles on Juvenile Delinquency, Its Prevention and Cure, for almost 500 newspapers and magazines. His book, Children in Court, published in the fall of 1937, has been widely accepted as a forward step in the solution of the juvenile crime problem. About 10,000 copies already have been sold. Soon he will have a second book off the press— County Court House. Lecture Subjects CHILDREN IN COURT A humanitarian plea for judicial, legislative and administrative officials in each state, city and county to discard many of the present-day ineffective and obsolete methods for curing crime. Greater emphasis must be placed on the high chair and less on the electric chair. Cheating the penetentiary through apprenticeship training. FOUNDATIONS OF EDUCATION An evaluation of the interrelated, genetically and environmentally significant factors which should be considered by every court in studying the behavior pattern of each youthful offender. When children dislike teachers, despise certain subjects and play truant, they are warning signs that the school is not fulfilling its major task. JUDICIAL EGOTISM IN COURT Going behind the scenes to illustrate the late William Howard Taft was correct in his contention that the administration of criminal law in America is a disgrace to civilization. Eliminate the hunch system. The speaker frankly compares the old behavioristic school of psychology with that of the new organismic trend of thought. BREEDING PLACES FOR COMMUNISM The confidential results of a startling survey are discussed in detail. What is transpiring in many homes where shiftlessness, immorality, poverty and distress prevail. OUR YOUTH AND THE FUTURE An inspirational address for commencements. Receives Highest Praise The Atlanta Constitution. CRIME DOES PAY—JUDGE HATFIELD WARNS IN LECTURE … Coming to Atlanta at the invitation of The Constitution, Judge Hatfield said the nation needs to spend more time on prevention of delinquency and less on cure. Causes and methods of preventing child delinquency were outlined. Judge Hatfield advocates psychiatric clinics in schools. Francis Clark, Editor. The Atlanta Constitution. The State of Michigan is to be complimented on having so youthful a jurist who could present the problem of the delinquent child in so forceful a manner. Grand Rapids, Mich., Mrs. William T. Sanders, Pres., Michigan Congress of Parents and Teachers. His fine and stirring talk at our state meeting in Battle Creek was one of the best I have had the pleasure of hearing. Detroit Free Press. It is incidents like the case mentioned which already have won Judge Hatfield a national reputation for his handling of juvenile delinquency. Boston, Christian Science Monitor. The Child Offender—His Problem One for All Parents. Crime, the Unhappy Child's Way Out says Judge. (Two column article by Judge Hatfield follows). Sheridan, Wyoming, Charles E. Hardesty, Pastor, M. E. Church. We appreciated the straight-from-the-shoulder message of Judge Hatfield at the commencement of the Sheridan High School. His talk was constructive. He gave us a lot to think about and live for. Nazareth. Mich., Nazareth College, Sister M. Celestine, S. S. J. A very splendid talk. Michigan Education Asso., Lansing, Albert J. Phillips, Ex. Secy. Judge Hatfield's address given before the recent convention of the Michigan Congress of Parents and Teachers at Battle Creek interested me greatly. I believe he is making a distinct contribution to solving the problems of child delinquency through his sympathetic approach to these problems. Three of our Regions are looking forward to his addresses before their Regional Conventions next October. Printed in U. S. A.
|Title||Judge Malcolm Hatfield|
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|Personal Name Subject||Hatfield, Malcolm|
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