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Transcript of Teen Curfew
teens in the
town of Jonesboro Hunter Natalie Teen Curfew Fair Deal History of Curfews! Parents pay the price when kids violate Jonesboro curfew
2:17 pm March 22, 2011, by kallen
The City of Jonesboro recently approved a revised ordinance that will fine parents whose children are on the streets past 11:00 PM. The revisions are in response to multiple teen incidents at The Party Hall, the most recent being where a 16-year old was arrested after elbowing a police officer.
Should parents be held responsible for their children's actions via fines, jail, etc.?
According to the News-Daily, “Jonesboro police will be tasked, under the ordinance, with picking up any children found violating the curfew, and taking them to the Jonesboro police headquarters. The parents of the youths will then be called . . . and they will have to come pick up their children. Upon picking up their children, the parents will be given a citation which will require them to appear in court and pay a fine.”
I think we all know at least one parent who cannot control their child(ren) no matter what they do or how hard they try. This ordinance is going to be a rude (financial) awakening for those parents, and with summer a few months away, the city of Jonesboro could potentially make a ton of money.
The dollar amount of the fine has not yet been set, and that could be the determining factor in whether this ordiance works, especially for those parents whose child(dren) violate the ordinance more than once.
Do you think this revised ordinance will help to make parents more responsible for their children?
According to the Clayton County Police Department, the county’s teen curfew is still in effect as follows: children under 17 must be off the street from 11pm-6am Sunday-Thursday; and 12am-6am Friday-Saturday. Teenagers are more likely to get in trouble at night and that is why curfews are enforced, but a curfew for teens can have a different affect than intended just like the town of Jonesboro is experiencing. Curfews Can Reduce Crime It will be an offense for persons under the age of 18 to be out of their homes from 11:00 p.m. to
6:00 a.m. Sunday through Thursday nights. On Friday and Saturday nights, the curfew shall be
begin at midnight. Violators will be fined $100. 80% of the communities imposed a nighttime curfew on teenagers Teens are more likely to become a victim of a crime, as well as drink and do drugs at night, which nightime curfews help prevent
Drug abuse arrest rates rose steadily through the ’90s and have not yet dropped significantly.
http://www.connectwithkids.com/tipsheet/2001/49_dec05/curfew.html Curfews have been around for hundreds of years. Curfew laws enacted in the 1990s were aimed at reducing juvenile crime and preventing youth victimization In Britain, a 1998 law allowed local councils to impose curfews for all children under ten. In 2001, however, curfew laws were successfully challenged in the states of Alaska, New Jersey, New York, and elsewhere. History can help show us the positives of curfews and the reasons why curfews need to be set in order to keep them out of trouble Curfews have helped not only the communities that house them, but the parents that must enforce them to keep their children from getting arrested. more American children are charged with curfew offenses than with any other crime. One of the top five complaints that teenagers have is a lack of communication with their parents. So knowing if their friends have curfews and when those curfews are can help you set a time that makes sense for their social life, making it more enforceable.