Rationale for Curfew Laws
The growing popularity of curfew laws follows a simple line of reasoning: Keeping kids off the street is a straightforward and inexpensive way to reduce juvenile crime. The general public seems to support this belief. In a 1997 nationwide survey, 81 percent of respondents believed curfews to be “somewhat” effective, and 51 percent said they were “very” effective.2 Many law enforcement and public officials support curfew laws as an effective tool in halting juvenile crime, and in protecting youth themselves from being victims of crime.3 In another 1997 survey, 88 percent of mayors in cities with curfew laws believed restrictions on youth made the streets safer.4


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