Pop-cultural representations of reform school children started in the ‘50s. There were Reform School Girl, So Young So Bad, So Evil So Young, Riot in Juvenile Prison, Kitten with a Whip, and Bad Boys –just to name a few. These films were designed to entice the viewers while exploiting the Juvenile Corrections system. They did. The writers had no clue, and certainly didn’t communicate anything bordering upon truth to the eager viewers.
Reform Schools of the fifties were not nice places, but that’s about all many boys had to call home. In the Northeast, the
Rev. F. Robert “Bob” Brown was a chaplain in the nation’s first reform school, the