Essay on Crime and Parents

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Do curfews keep teens out of trouble?

Even though curfews may keep the children safe, they do not keep them out of trouble because there is no solid evidence that youth curfews lower the rate of juvenile crime and teens are going to do what they want to do. Nationwide more than 80 percent of juvenile offenses take place between nine in the morning and ten at night, outside most curfews. The problem with curfews is they do not work and people should stop pretending like they do. If parents think a curfew is going to keep their children out of trouble they will be very disappointed when they learn that it will not.
Setting a time restraint for a teen to come home will not keep them from getting into something they are not supposed to.
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Parents that set a strict curfew on a teen will not be doing anything to keep them out of harm’s way. More than likely, the more the parent stresses this curfew the more the teen will rebel against it. Parents should instead build a good relationship with their child and set some rules, rather than a time to be home or they will be punished. Punishment and prolonged curfew will only make the teen resent the parent and build anger, which eventually will lead to the teen wanting or feeling the need to go out and do drugs and or get into trouble. Good communication skills and mutual trust will help the teen obey the parent and make them both feel good. Parents often forget that teens need structure and guidance to maintain a healthy life now and to carry on with them later. Many studies have shown that teenagers who have curfews usually never obey it and sneak out when the parents are asleep or simply just leave and deal with the consequences later. Most adolescence are nocturnal creatures and love the thrill of staying out when they know they are not supposed to.
The most important reason curfews do not keep teens out of trouble is because of the lack of evidence proving so. In most of the evidence found, curfews set the juvenile crime rate higher. Such as, in a close study of Monrovia, California, in the 1990s, sociologist Michael Males found that juvenile arrests for non-curfew crimes increased 53 percent during the school months
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