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said corporation is concerned, be prima facie deemed and taken to be correct as stated in the written surrender of the parent or guardian, or the order of commitment by the committing magistrate or officer, or in the transfer by the authorities of any truant school or charitable institution; and in case of any omission to state the age of any boy in any of such cases, the directors of said corporation shall, as soon as may be after such boy shall be received by them, ascertain his age by the best means in their power and cause the same to be entered in a book to be designated by them for the purpose. And the age of such boy thus ascertained shall be prima facie deemed and taken to be the true age of such boy.

§ 370. Reports. The said corporation shall annually, on or before the fifteenth day of January, report to the legislature the number and names of the boys in its custody or under its guardianship, their age, residence, occupation, state of education, together with the changes in these particulars during the preceding year; the receipts and expenditures, and the financial condition of the corporation, and an account of its general operations.

$ 371. Property exempt from taxation. So long as the property of said corporation shall be used for charitabie purposes only, such property, both real and personal, shall be exempt from taxation.

§ 372. Powers and liabilities. Said corporation shall possess the general powers and be subject to the general restrictions and liabilities of incorporated charitable institutions. (As amended by chapter 449 of the Laws of 1910.)

ARTICLE 20
Shelter for Unprotected Girls
Section 380. Authority to receive girls.

381. Commitments to. 382. Warrant of commitment. 383. Refusal to receive girls. 384. Custody of girl surrendered by parent. 385. Transfers from charitable institutions.

Section 386. Statements as to age.

387. Support of inmates.
388. Visitations.
389. Arrest after conditional discharge.
390. Commitments not affected by change of name.

391. Legacies and devises. 380. Authority to receive girls. “ The shelter for tinprotected girls” at Syracuse, is hereby authorized to receive, and have the custody of all girls committed, surrendered or transferred to it under the provisions of this article, and shall have authority by officers or agents to restrain or direct them; to keep such girls at such employments, and to cause them to be instructed in such branches of useful knowledge as shall be suitable for their years and capacities; to determine their hours of labor, study and rest; to care for their sustenance and health and to have general control over them.

381. Commitments to. Any female child of Protestant faith or parentage under the age of sixteen years duly convicted of juvenile delinquency or under any of the provisions of sections four hundred and eighty-five and four hundred and eightysix of the penal law by and before any court, justice or other coramitting magistrate having jurisdiction thereof in the fifth, sixth, seventh or eighth judicial district of this state, may be committed to “ The Shelter for Unprotected Girls,” now existing in the city of Syracuse, which institution is hereby authorized to receive and hold female children so committed. Whenever any female of Protestant faith or parentage over the age of sixteen years and under the age of eighteen years shall be brought or shall voluntarily come before a comunitting magistrate or justice of any court having jurisdiction in the fifth, sixth, seventh or eighth judicial district of this state, and it shall be proved by the confession of such female or by testimony that such female is either found in a reputed house of prostitution or assignation, or in company with or frequenting the company of thieves or prostitutes, or is found associating with disorderly persons, or is wilfully disobedient to parents or guardians and is in danger of becoming by reason thereof criminal or disorderly, or is found

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from vicious habits and associations to be in danger of becoming immoral, criminal or disorderly or a prostitute, or is of intemperate habits, or shall have been convicted by such court or official of vagrancy, petit larceny or of any misdemeanor and is not insane or mentally or physically incapable of being substantially benefited by the discipline of such institution, such justice, magistrate or court is authorized to commit such female to “ The Shelter for Unprotected Girls” at Syracuse, and such institution is hereby authorized to receive and hold such females so committed. Any female so committed shall be committed to the custody and control of such corporation until such female is discharged therefrom by the vote of a majority of the trustees of such corporation, but such inmate shall not, in any event, or under any of the provisions of this article, be detained by such corporation after she shall have arrived at the age of twenty-one years.

(As amended by chapter 166 of the Laws of 1914.)

§ 382. Warrant of commitment. Such police justice, justice of the peace or other committing magistrate or court, upon such commitment or conviction, shall issue in duplicate a warrant to some police officer or constable of the county or city where the commitment or conviction occurs, authorizing such officer or constable to take in charge the person named in the warrant and to convey her to said institution. The receipt of such person at said institution shall be duly indorsed upon said warrant by the matron or other person in charge thereof, which warrant so indorsed shall be returned to said police justice, justice of the peace or other committing magistrate or court, and shall by him or it be filed in the office of the clerk of the county from which said person shall have been committed, and such warrant shall be sufficient and competent authority for the officers of said institution to keep and detain the person therein named. A duplicate of euch warrant, with a copy of the indorsement made upon the warrant so returned, shall be delivered to the matron or other officer in charge of such institution and shall be retained by such institution, and a substantial transcript of the statement of facts recited therein and thereon shall be recorded, or caused to be recorded, by such matron or other officer aforesaid, in a suitable book to be kept for that purpose, which book shall at all reasonable hours of the day be subject to the inspection of any person.

$ 383. Refusal to receive girls. Within five days after the receipt of any girl committed as aforesaid to the said institution, the board of trustees, or the president or vice-president thereof may, for good cause, refuse to receive at said institution the girl so committed thereto. In case of such refusal, the same shall be indorsed upon the duplicate of the warrant delivered, as above provided, to the matron or other officer of said institution, and the said duplicate warrant so indorsed shall be returned to the police justice, justice of the peace or other committing magistrate or court that may have issued the same. Upon receiving such refusal, such police justice, justice of the peace, or other committing magistrate or court, shall issue to some police officer or constable a warrant requiring the said officer or constable to take the girl, so refused admission, from the institution, and to bring her before him or it, whereupon the said police justice. justice of the peace, or other committing magistrate or court, shall proceed to sentence or commit such girl so brought before him 0: it, in the same manner and with the same force and effect as if she had never been committed to such institution.

§ 384. Custody of girl surrendered by parent. The said corporation shall be deemed to have acquired lawful care and custody of any girl between the ages of seven and eighteen years, who shall have been surrendered to it by her parents, or her parent if but one be living, provided that such surrender is evi. denced by a writing executed by such parents or parent, setting forth the age and name of the said girl, the date of surrender, the term for which such surrender is made, and expressly vesting in such corporation all the power and control over the girl possessed by such parents or parent, and which writing shall contain an affidavit made by the parents or parent stating that the statements contained therein are true.

§ 385. Transfers from charitable institutions. The corporate authorities of any charitable institution located within the fifth, sixth, seventh or eighth judicial district of this state, now or hereafter having the lawful care or custody of any

girl not less than seven years of age, not awaiting trial nor under sentence, for a term of years, for crime, may, with the consent of said corporation, transfer and assign such custody and care to said corporation, upon such terms as the directors of such institution and said corporation may agree upon; but such transfer and assignment shall be evidenced by a writing officially executed by such institution, and shall be made only on the approval thereof by the county judge of the county in which such institution is situated, indorsed on said writing. § 386. Statements as to age.

In all cases under this article where any girl shall come under the care, custody or control of said corporation, the age of such girl shall, so far as said corporation is concerned, be prima facie deemed and taken to be correct as stated in the written surrender of the par snts or parent, or the order of commitment by the committing magistrate, court or officer, or in the transfer by the authorities of any charitable institution; and in case of any omission to state the age of any girl in any of such cases, the trustees of said corporation shall, as soon as may be after such girl may be received by them, ascertain her age by the best means in their power, and cause the same to be entered in the book to be designated by them for the purpose; and the age of such girl thus ascertained shall be prima facie deemed and taken to be the true age of such girl.

§ 387. Support of inmates. Each board of supervisors of the several counties within the fifth, sixth, seventh and eighth judicial districts of this state is hereby authorized and lirected to audit the bills for boarding any inmate of said institution received therein from the county of such board by virtue of any of the provisions of section three hundred and eighty-one, at such prices as such board of supervisors may deem just and reasonable, and the bills so audited shall be paid by the county treasurer of such county. When any such bill is so audited and paid, it shall be apportioned by said board among the various cities and towns in such county as said board shall deem equitable, and the amount so apportioned to any city or town shall be reimbursed by such city or town to such county. (As amended by chapter 258 of the Laws of 1909.)

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