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N.Y. State Probation Commission to Reconsider Bias Charges

July 19, 1955
See Original Daily Bulletin From This Date

The New York State Probation Commission will re-examine its advisory opinion that the Children’s Courts are violating the State Anti-Discrimination Law by appointing probation officers from separate Catholic, Protestant and Jewish lists, it was revealed here yesterday by Leonard Probst, the only Jewish commissioner.

The original complaint of violation of the anti-discrimination statute was filed by the American Jewish Congress before the Domestic Relations Court, of which the Children’s Court is a section. A rehearing by the probation commission has been requested by the Catholic Charities and the Welfare and Health Council of New York.

Judge John W. Hill, Presiding Justice of the Domestic Relations Court, who asked for the probation commission’s advisory opinion did not, however, accept it. He said that 50 percent of the children in the courts were Catholic, 45 percent were Protestant and only five percent were Jewish, and that good results had been obtained when probation officers of the same faith as the children were assigned to work on these cases.

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