September 24th, 2009

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1950s children's homes in New Jersey

I'm writing a short piece that will be based on a fictional home for juvenile deliquents in New Jersey in the 1950s. Anything you can contribute in the way of sources, tidbits, even building descriptions or photos might be useful, but my more specific questions are below:

What do people know about such places, would this be a state-run institution, or would the state also send children to Christian or Catholic homes?

I gather too they also have visiting chaplains -- what sorts of duties would these have? Would it be up to the kids whether to engage with them or would there be some sort of schedule of contact?

How would kids be assigned schools, that is, would they be sent to one particular place or distributed over the area?