Contrast between juvenile delinquent punishment past/present

Peter is a 14-year-old boy living in New York in the year 1870. Peter has stolen a horse and has been arrested by local lawenforcement.

Discuss what life may have been like for Peter as a young person in America at this time. How were young people treated in everyday life, and how were their criminal actions handled? How would Peter’s punishment be different as compared to an adult who was arrested for the same crime?

 

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