Russellville city council agenda, 17 January 2008 (ca. 3-minute download; 81 “page downs”)
An Ordinance setting a curfew for juveniles under the age of eighteen (18) within the city of Russellville, Arkansas, and for other purposes
Section 3: (a) The City Council of the City of Russellville, Arkansas finds that special circumstances exist within the city that call for the special regulation of juveniles within the city in order to protect them from each other and from other persons on the street during the nocturnal hours and during normal school hours, whether public, private or home schooling, to aid in crime prevention, to promote parental supervision and authority over juveniles and to decrease nocturnal crime rates and crime rates during school hours.
(b) The City Council also finds that there has been a significant breakdown in the supervision normally provided by some parents and guidance for juveniles under 18 years of age, resulting in juveniles being involved in a wide range of unacceptable behavior including vandalism, noisy and unruly behavior, breaking and entering, public drinking and littering, harassment of residents, and more serious violent crimes.
(c) The City Council further finds that the offensive activities of juveniles are not easily controlled by existing laws and ordinances because the activities are concealed whenever police officers are present, and that the establishment of reasonable curfew regulations will enable the community to better control the free and unobstructed access to the streets and public places by the majority of residents and will enable the police to act reasonably and fairly to prevent the violation of laws and ordinances by juveniles.
Section 4: For purposes of the Juvenile Curfew Ordinance, the following terms, phrases, words and their derivations shall have the meanings …
(d) Legitimate parentally approved errand means a juvenile performing a necessary task at the direction of the juvenile’s parent, and that the nonperformance of the errand, or delay of performance until after curfew hours have abated, would result in injury or undue hardship.
I saw no mention of a daytime curfew. The document is not searchable because it is not a text document, but is a scan of printed pages.
Despite the lack of mention of a daytime curfew, there is a mention of school in the language of the curfew ordinance. I added the emphasis to make it easier to read.
Section 7: (c) At the discretion of the law enforcement officer, any juvenile arrested or cited for violation of the Juvenile Curfew Ordinance may be released to immediately return home or to school, may be escorted to their home or school, or may be taken into custody and delivered to an appropriate location, or juvenile authority, to be held until a parent can be located to take custody of the juvenile.
Sun rises on curfew, 17 January 2008, Russellville Courier, Russellville, Arkansas
The last time Russellville enacted a juvenile curfew â€” in 1942 â€” violators were subject to fines of up to a whopping $25.
The new ordinance, in what is being termed its â€œenhancedâ€ form, … although the daytime portion applies only to youths between the ages of 6 and 16.
The ordinance, which is being sponsored by the Russellville Police Department (RPD), and has the support of organizations and agencies such as the River Valley Prevention Coalition and the Pope County juvenile probation office, is designed to provide officers with a tool allowing them to better eliminate the opportunity for juvenile crime by limiting the number of hours during which juveniles are allowed to roam unsupervised, …
Ray Balaster, owner of The Skate Shop, located on West C Street, called a nighttime curfew â€œnot unreasonable,â€ but added â€œthe daytime thing is just ridiculous.â€
â€œIf they want to get kids for not going to school thatâ€™s one thing,â€ he said, but noted he has at least one customer who is home-schooled, and who finishes with his lessons early enough in the day that were the curfew in effect, he might be in violation of the law if he frequented Balasterâ€™s shop at certain times of the day.
The ordinance contains exceptions for situations in which a minor is in the direct supervision of a parent, guardian, or any other responsible adult 21 years or older;
Juvenile curfew on hold for now; Harris to stay on A&P Commission, 18 January 2008, Russellville Courier, Russellville, Arkansas
The Russellville City Council took no action Thursday night on two proposed ordinances establishing a juvenile curfew in the city. The first ordinance called for a curfew of 11 p.m. weekdays and midnight Fridays and Saturdays. The second ordinance expanded the curfew into daytime hours when children are normally in school. After several minutes of discussion, the council decided to meet as a committee to iron out the details of the ordinance before it was taken up for a vote. A meeting date was not set.
Editorial arrows, 19 January 2008, Russellville Courier, Russellville, Arkansas
I support, in theory, the city councilâ€™s proposed ordinances to establish juvenile curfews. No official action has been taken as the issue will be discussed further in committee. The nighttime curfew is a no brainer. …. As for the daytime curfew, we do see quite a few children during school hours, but the home-school factor muddies these waters a little bit. We look forward to learning about what solutions come out of committee.
posted by Valerie