Nebraska State Constitution Article VII-12

Article VII-12


Education and reform of minors.

The Legislature may provide by law for the establishment of a school or schools for the safe keeping, education, employment and reformation of all children under the age of eighteen years, who, for want of proper parental care, or other cause, are growing up in mendicancy or crime.


  • Neb. Const. art. VIII, sec. 12 (1875);
  • Amended 1920, Constitutional Convention, 1919-1920, No. 24;
  • Transferred by Constitutional Convention, 1919-1920, art. VII, sec. 12.


Establishment of Boys' Training School is authorized by this section. Lingo v. Hann, 161 Neb. 67, 71 N.W.2d 716 (1955).

Juvenile courts do not have the sole or exclusive jurisdiction of children under eighteen years of age who have violated the law. State v. McCoy, 145 Neb. 750, 18 N.W.2d 101 (1945).

Under former section Legislature was without power to authorize commitment to state industrial school of children over sixteen who had not been convicted of crime. Scott v. Flowers, 61 Neb. 620, 85 N.W. 857 (1901), reversing 60 Neb. 675, 84 N.W. 81 (1900).