Juvenile Curfews, Good or Bad?

Juvenile Curfews, Good or Bad?

Our constitution states that all people have the right to life, liberty, and the pursuit to happiness. With the increasing youth crime rate this right is being taken away from young people. In an attempt to lower the crime rate, many cities have implemented teen curfew laws. Several peer reviewed articles point out that many communities are embracing the curfew laws. All the cities in the United States should have teen curfew laws in place not to just reduce the night time crimes, but help keep kids safe and help parents try to control their children.
Curfews started in Europe with a ring of a bell. No fires were to be burning in the evening. Many ...

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to stop them from committing any type of illegal act. Fried, Hemmens and Bennet all agree that many citizens were in support of the curfew law but found that, even though crime dropped during curfew hours, it increased in the afternoon (Hemmens and Bennett 103; Fried 137). It is still unclear if the curfews set in place contributed to a reduction in the night time crime rates.
According to Hemmens and Bennett, “Nationally, violent crimes committed by juveniles are most frequent between the hours of 3pm and 4pm, and approximately 33 percent of all juvenile violent crime takes place between 3pm and 7pm” (103). I concur that most of the crimes committed by the youth happened in the daytime. You turn on the news and you hear about all these kids that take guns to school or shoot up the school and some even take drugs into the school. We as parents need to be more responsible on knowing where are kids are at all times and be in their business so we can try to put a stop to these ...

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are safe. In saying that, they would not be at risk of a curfew violation. If juveniles want to commit a crime they will do it no matter what cause the penalties for doing so are not that drastic as they are for adults. Hemmens, Bennet, Fried and O’Neil all agree on that the penalties are not that bad. It could result in a warning, community service, fines, and in more serious cases, hold the parents responsible (Fried 129; Hemmens and Bennett 102; O’Neil 54). Maybe the law needs to be tougher on the youth that commit any crime. Ultimately who is responsible? The parent. It is going to be up to us to make sure that they do their community service or pay their fine cause if they ...

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Added: 5/4/2011 08:35:34 PM
Submitted By: shimmba1
Category: Social Issues
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