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EXTRACTS FROM THE REFORMATORY ACT OF 1866

 

"Whenever any offender who, in the judgment of the court, justices, or magistrate before whom he is charged, is under the age of 16 years, is convicted on indictment or in a summary manner, of an offence punishable with penal servitude or imprisonment, and is sentenced to be imprisoned for the term of ten days or for a longer term, the court, justices, or magistrate may also sentence him to be sent, at the expiration of his period of imprisonment, to a certified reformatory school, and to be there detained for a period of not less than two years and not more than five years:

"Provided always that a youthful offender under the age of ten years shall not be so directed to be sent to a reformatory school unless he has been previously charged with some crime or offence punishable with penal servitude or imprisonment, or is sentenced in England by a judge of assize, a court of general or quarter sessions, or in Scotland by a circuit court of justiciary or sheriff"