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Thursday, November 30, 2006

CrimProf James A. Fox Discusses the Teen Curfew Debate

FoxFrom northjersey.com: Northeastern University CrimProf James A. Fox discusses the debate of teen curfews in the United States.

Juvenile curfews are intended to address two sides of the same coin: By keeping teenagers off the streets at night, they seek to prevent them from becoming either criminals or victims. As a political issue, few subjects raise more passionate responses than those that deal with the welfare of kids, and curfews are no exception.

James Fox, a professor at Northeastern University who studies crime, said that curfews actually may increase crime, since they represent an inefficient use of police officers' time. He favors after-school programs instead.

"It's one of those 'sounds good' ideas," he said. "We can all agree that kids have very little reason to be outdoors at 1 or 2 in the morning. But using curfews as a crime-control measure doesn't really do anything to control crime." Rest of Article. . . [Mark Godsey]

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I have a 14 year old daugther that has friends that are allowed to stay out in our town till 10:30pm I feel that that is not safe for your girls to be on the streets that late at night . Is there a set time that teens are to be in. Thanks for you time Kammie

Posted by: Kammie Strait | Apr 21, 2007 4:54:22 AM

Another thing to consider is the fact if the parents trust their children or not. They should learn to trust them more, yes give them a reasonable time for curfew but the state curfew laws are quite irritating.
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Posted by: Madison | Jan 6, 2009 5:15:23 AM

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