Herbert G. Cochran served as judge of the Norfolk Juvenile and
Domestic Relations Court (1925–1954) and helped establish the modern juvenile
court system in Virginia. He held the controversial belief that the welfare of
defendant juveniles was paramount and that incarceration contributed to recidivism.
During his three decades on the bench he emphasized individual treatment of defendants
and pioneered the use of family counseling and probation. Cochran, along with
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