Curfews do not reduce teen crime. The current studies show that these laws increase crime. Kids don’t pay any attention to legal curfew, but they might listen to their parent's rules. People are slowly starting to realize that they aren’t stopping anything or anyone. More kids are doing the wrong things and getting into more trouble. People under 17 should not have a curfew because it doesn’t reduce crime from happening, enforcing the law takes up money and time, and it is also too restrictive towards kids.
Curfews make teens feel like “they’re not trusted enough. This creates a bad relationship. It can create an awkward uncomfortable environment at home. This can lead the teenagers to leave the house and try as much as they can to not be in the house around their parents. This shows that the more the parents try to keep their teenagers under control, the more the teenagers will crack and the more troubles and problems occur. They will just go behind their back and do whatever they want. Teenagers would feel like they are being treated unfairly or that they are being discriminated against It could cause them to sneak out because they feel locked up, which could put them in more harm. This shows that teens do not want to treated unfairly just because of their age. Curfews cause the teenagers to sneak out, which can cause them to get in trouble with the police. These evidences show that a curfew is not a helpful or a smart
In today’s society, many people fear that if teens are out late they are participating in mischief or that they are more likely to be involved in criminal activity. Many feel that by creating a city wide curfew for teens crime would be reduced. However, in reality, most crimes are committed during the day by adult offenders, not by individuals under the age of 18. A curfew for teens would not be the right way to go.
My opinion is that curfew was set to protect minors but, there are plenty of reason why a minor would be out passed curfew and there should be system where some minors can exempt the law like having parental permission.
Another important factor is the way in which the enforcers respond to the curfew violators. Sometimes, these minors may not be out after hours because they want to, but because they have no other choice. There are some children who do not have anybody to look after them so they have to make things happen on their own. It is important to be very delicate in situations like this because it could trigger some emotions from the child and they may already be going through a tough time.
This law does allow exceptions for youths traveling to school, religious and work-related events, or emergency situations. Most states have adopted the curfew law that applies to all youths under the age of 17. This curfew law state during the school term, usually from the month of September through June, youths must be off the streets between the hours 11pm and 6am. From July through August, usually summer school break, youths must be off the streets between the hours of 12 am and 6 am. Any violation of these time constraints is a statue offense (Yeide, 2009). Not only is it an offense, it presents juveniles with plenty of opportunities to become willing participants in criminal activities. Many juveniles, roaming the streets past curfew are more likely to encounter adult criminals. These adult criminals take advantage of these impressionable, and vulnerable juveniles, that are manipulated and led to a life of crime, selling drugs, stealing or prostitution.
The purpose of the curfew is to keep minors safe by preventing them from congregating in public areas. Children who loiter for several hours are in danger of either becoming involved in potential criminal behavior or becoming
In the United States, metropolitan areas consistently battle controlling the crime rate in their cities. Crimes committed by minors during curfew hours make up 84 percent of the 88 percent of the crime that take place during curfew hours (City Mayor). By placing a curfew on minors, we are getting them off the streets that could be filled with career criminals. The law encourages minors to be in their homes and in a safe environment instead of being influenced to participate in misguided activities while being out at night. Some examples of misguided activities might be: drag racing, vandalism, trespassing and drug use. “In a new survey by the National League of Cities, 97 percent of cities and towns with nighttime curfews report a drop in juvenile crime” (Connect
Laws are set yearly for the for the well being of citizens. Many of the laws pertain specifically to minors, one of them being curfews. The law states, Children under the age of 18 years old are to be home by 11:00 p.m. . For many teens this law seems unfair; they believe that curfews limits their freedom. Therefor teens fail to realize that there is good reasoning for those limitations. I belive children under the age of 18 years old should have an 11:00 p.m. curfew because it limits crime in the community, establish discipline in children, and helps teens become academically prepared.
With a curfew, children under the age of sixteen would not be able to build up trust with their parents. They would be supervised all of the time and everything they did would be monitored. This would not allow them to show that they can be trustworthy without having an adult looking over their shoulder all the time. The bond that forms
Although, Some people say that a curfew is not necessarily for keeping teens out of trouble. It is for keeping the town quiet at night and gives everyone some peaceful rest at night. In the article, “Manitoba town to ban kids at night”, the mayor of Killarney, Manitoba sates,” ‘It’s not that we have a big crime problem, we just have some youngsters out to all hours of the night disturbing the peace.’ ” An easier method for this is just to have a few police working at night to ensure peace. A demanding curfew that punishes many for doing nothing is simply unnecessary. “‘Ultimately, curfew laws don't make us more safe, but they make us less free,’ says Joe Cook, executive director of the Dallas ACLU” (Rosado and Manly).
Just because they have a curfew it doesn’t mean that they aren’t going to get in trouble. It may limit the things they do. Which in turn limits the trouble they get in, but it doesn’t stop them from doing things to get them in trouble. (Wylie Tanton said on April 11, 2012 “I personally think teens shouldn't have a curfew because whether or not they have curfew teens still get themselves into trouble, not only during the night. http://www.collegenet.com/elect/app/app?service=external/Forum&sp=42891)
Curfew is a set time which teenagers will have to schedule their activities around. Generally, this curfew doesn’t change and helps your teen to understand boundaries. It is a wonderful idea for teens to have curfews because it teaches them to be responsible and also considerate of other people around them. As teenagers, it is natural for adolescents to feel like their freedoms are being taken away and that their parents don’t know what is best. However, curfew is put in place for the direct opposite, which is keeping teenagers out of trouble. Curfew teaches teenagers time management, it could lower the crime rate in local areas, and it could give teenagers an overall better relationship with their parents. Because of these reasons, I
Having a teenage curfew is ineffective and useless. Many people argue that the curfews are necessary because it will keep young people out of trouble. They also say that teenagers are more likely to get in trouble late than they would during daylight. Teens are looked at as the age group that causes the most trouble, and society targets them when it comes to matter for crime, however many people believe that teens are responsible for a large percentage of crimes and that having a curfew in effect will help lower crime rates. I disagree with this because I don't think teenagers should be forced to follow a ridged time schedule because of a curfew.
One other reason why curfews keep teens out of trouble is that curfews set by parents are a way of showing that the parents care about the teen. (Boekestein, 2010) suggests that teens actually want to spend time with their parents but do not know how to. A curfew is the brainchild of parents all over the world to make sure that their teen is safe and also to be able to spend quality time with them while they still can. Without the curfew, teens would spend all their time with their friends but miss out on the most important people of all, which are their parents. Although it might not seem that curfews are a way to spend time with the teen, it surely is. According to (Boekestein, 2010), a teen said what all teens were trying to say, which is they don’t care about other things in life, they love their parents and would like to spend more time with them than they normally do. A teen also said that he only talks to his parents in the car or during dinner as their hectic schedule demands the parents to be on their toes all the time.