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Thursday, November 30, 2006

CrimProf James A. Fox Discusses the Teen Curfew Debate

FoxFrom 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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