Dalc-cover-ss The Abbey Center’s pamphlet, “A Brief History of Justice: The Evolution of New York State’s Family Court System,” begins with the 1824 establishment of the House of Refuge, the first juvenile reformatory in the nation, and moves through the Family Court system’s history, with discussions on the Children’s Courts, the 1962 Family Court Act, major Supreme Court decisions and individuals who helped drive the Family Court system’s development.


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