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Juvenile Justice-Curfew Laws

This paper introduces the information on curfew laws in Washington County, the state of Minnesota. It describes and explores how curfew laws work in this area and also discusses where parental responsibility fits into the enforcement of those laws.“A growing number of U.S. towns and cities are fighting escalating crime by imposing tough curfew ordinances” (McKinney, 2008, para. 3). This is a well-known fact that curfews are aimed at establishing and maintaining public order, and combating the criminal behavior of young people.

In turn, Adams (2003) emphasized that “juvenile curfew laws restrict the presence of youngsters in public during specified hours on a continuing basis” (p. 136).Discussing how curfew laws work in Washington County, the state of Minnesota, it is possible to mention as follows:

  • It is illegal for children under the age of twelve to be on the streets or in other public places:
    • during the period from 9:00 p.m. (on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday or Sunday) to 5:00 a.m.;
    • in any time from 10:00 p.m. (on Friday and Saturday) to 5:00 a.m.
  • It is forbidden for children(12-14 years of age) to be on the streets or in other public places:
    • in any time from 10:00 p.m. (on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday or Sunday) to 5:00 a.m.;
    • in any time from 11:00 p.m. (on Friday and Saturday) to 5:00 a.m.
  • It is illegal for teens aged from 15 to 16 to be on the streets or in other public places:
    • during the period from 11:00 (on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday or Sunday) to 5:00 a.m.;
    • on any Friday and Saturday, during the period from 12:01 a.m. to 5:00 a.m.

Furthermore, it is necessary to mention that it is unlawful for a juvenile’s parents or guardians to allow him/her to be on the streets or in other public places during the hours listed above.

To sum up the above-stated information, it is possible to draw a conclusion that curfew laws became very effective and popular tools for combating the criminal behavior of youth. Such curfew laws help to keep youth out of harm’s way. Generally speaking, curfews prohibit children from being on the streets, in other public places at a certain period of time (usually at night).

References:

Adams, K. (2003). The Effectiveness of Juvenile Curfews at Crime Prevention.Annals of the American Academy of Political and Social Science, 587, 136-159.
Farkas, S., & Johnson, J. (1997). Kids these days: What Americans really think about the next generation. New York: Public Agenda.
McKinney, J. (2008, September 11). Curfews: A New Crime-Fighting Tool. Retrieved October 6, 2011, from http://www.time.com/time/nation/article/0,8599,1837634,00.html