Report No. 248
37. Reformatory Schools Act, Act 8 of 1897
Category: Woman and Child Development
The Act was enacted to amend the law relating to reformatory schools and to make further provisions for dealing with 'youthful offenders'. It gives the power to establish Reformatory Schools, inspect them, and for courts to direct youthful offenders to these schools. This Act may be in conflict with Article 14 of the Constitution as it only applicable to boy under the age of 15, and not to girls.
The Act speaks of 'detention' in reformatory schools which is against the scheme of the Juvenile Justice (Care and Protection of Children) Act, 2000, which governs the juvenile justice procedure for all children below the age of 18, and provides for setting up of observation homes and special homes for juveniles in conflict with law. In light of this, the Reformatory Schools Act, 1897 is in conflict with newer law.