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CHAPTER 122. AN ACT TO ESTABLISH A REFORM AND MANUAL TRAIN- ING SCHOOL FOR COLORED YOUTHS. Whereas it appears to the General Assembly that there are in this State many negro youths between the ages of seven and six- teen years who violate the criminal law, and that while such youths should be detained and punished and taught the doctrine of religion, good morals, and how to work, it would be to the best interest of such youths and criminals that they be not associated with older and more hardened criminals, but that they should be kept separate therefrom : The General Assembly of North Carolina do enact:
Duty of judges to sentence youthful criminals to; commitment full authority for keeping child. It shall be the duty of the Governor, when the reformatory or school is ready to receive inmates, to make proclamation thereof, and the judges of the Superior Courts, recorders or other presiding officers of the city or criminal courts of this State, shall have the authority, and it shall be their duty, to sentence to said school all persons under the age of sixteen years convicted in any court of this State of any violation of the criminal laws: Provided such judge or other of said officers shall be of the opinion that it would be best for such person, and the community in which such person may be convicted, that such person should be so sentenced. And commitment, whether by judge or court, as hereinbefore provided, shall be full, sufficient and competent authority to the officers and agents of said school for the detention and keeping therein of the child so committed. SEc..7. Governor may transfer youthful prisoners to. The Goya ernor of the State may by order made transfer any colored person y under the age of sixteen years from any jail, chain gang, or penitentiary in this State to said reformatory.