An argument against a teen curfew

That the law will be selectively enforced? Even more unfortunately, crimes committed against juveniles in their own homes such as battery and rape at the hands of parents or other relatives usually do not show up in these statistics, though logic tells us if more children are spending more time in their homes for fear of police, the number of crimes committed against children in their homes would increase.

I believe that a law should never be adopted that, from the outset, can be seen to be unenforceable.

Curfews for Teens are Pointless and Violate Human Rights

Crime is what should be punished, not the appearance of such. Further, these laws are better off unenforced because the prospect of paid government officials being on the watch for every step strolling teenagers take at night is frightening to say the least.

8 Reasons To Oppose A Statewide Curfew Law For Teens

Selective enforcement would be a problem. In some areas, juveniles convicted only of curfew violations are incarcerated for as long as six months.

Application of the Law Any student of law can confirm there is every difference in the world between writing a law and putting it into effect. The Nanny State is too intrusive; it tells us what we should eat, smoke, drink, think, and say. When these facts are pointed out, proponents of curfew laws often switch their argument, insisting the purpose of these laws is not to stop youth from committing crimes, but to protect youth from being victims of crime.

Adults, of course, would never subject ourselves to such a law. Making a law that only the law-abiding are likely to obey is not the answer. San Jose and San Francisco make an interesting contrast. Do you know where your children are? There is no need to go into detail about the staggering increase in legislation and the difficulty of police field work in every western country since the professionalization of politics, so let us merely apply it to this case.

I hope our legislators would recognize this proposal for what it is: This would be a punishment of the noncriminal. His lawsuit argued that curfews violate the Fourth Amendment and its protections against unreasonable search and seizure in this case ID.

Germany, in particular, has extensive curfews for teenagers. But there should be laws that address this particular problem, not ones that curb legal and nondisruptive behavior. Children first have to overcome the rules of their own parents before they dive into figuring out federal, regional, or municipal restrictions.

If it is, why not apply it to all age groups and cut down on all crime rather than just that fraction of crime that is committed by youth? We should strive to teach our children the values of freedom — that doing whatever we want while not hurting anyone else is liberating, that taking responsibility for our actions is a virtue, and that dealing with these responsibilities is part of growing up.

The average citizen internalized this habit so deeply that even today, many churches still ring the evening closure. The more laws the merrier, until we find ourselves surprised by the fact our own government has become a danger, not the pickpockets in the streets. In Julythe nonpartisan Urban Institute completed a study for the U.

At the time, the curfews required the general population to stay calmly in their homes while firefighters put out devastating fires — a policy which, in the times of wooden houses, made considerable sense.

Curfew Laws

Police, meanwhile, argue that curfews help reduce juvenile crime - a claim some researchers dispute - while preventing young people from becoming crime victims. We would never tolerate millions of innocent adults being held permanently under house arrest just because a few adults act badly.

An extensive study by the Justice Policy Institute found that imposing curfew laws does not lower juvenile crime rates by one iota 9. Young crime-victims are less likely to report crime to the police when they view police as their enemies.

Imposing a curfew, Sanchez says, is like "putting a Band-Aid on the problem. Even more dangerous is a law that would restrict a large group from legal and nondetrimental activity to curb criminal behavior done by a small group of people.

In the US, which has some of the highest drinking-age laws in the world, fake IDs and sneaking around are a way of life.

The evidence is clear: A historic tool The first records we have of state curfews are those imposed by the royal authorities in Europe during the 9th century. Beyond the moral problem, these curfews have a practical problem: Then the curfews of the 20th century and before will be back, with the exact purpose.

This is a misuse of the police. Interestingly enough, we would not even want it to be, since we prefer that the police work to stop actual violent crime murders, rapes, and the like rather than chase little Timmy because he stayed out until As was said by Vincent Schiraldi of the Washington D.

It would be an abridgement of personal freedom.The suit also contended that the curfew impeded minors' First Amendment rights during curfew hours. "I was rather tempted to hold a protest against the curfew after curfew hours," says Herm, now 19 and a sophomore at the. When these facts are pointed out, proponents of curfew laws often switch their argument, insisting the purpose of these laws is not to stop youth from committing crimes, but to protect youth from being victims of crime.

This, too, is a failure of curfew laws. Proponents of curfews argue they protect teenagers from potential dangers, and that argument is ultimately true. If children stay locked away at home, the chance they will be stolen from, hit, stabbed, or kidnapped is zero percent —.

Teen curfews have been in debate in most major cities for a while now. Parents and city council members have been trying to push laws to have young adults home safe and sound where they should be at a more reasonable time.

Teen curfews are a good idea and should be enforced.

America's Curfew Debate

- Teen Curfews are NOT Necessary “In one study the average adult surmised that teens amount for forty-three percent of all violent crimes, when in reality the number is only a mere thirteen percent, and this number is made up of only half a percent of minors.” (Stoup, Page 1) Teenagers should not be forced to follow a ridged time schedule.

Argument Curfews help teens become used to setting a schedule which they routinely follow. By doing this they develop important time management skills which they will carry out into adulthood.

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