Napa councilman proposes youth curfew to stem gang violence, Napa Valley Register, Napa, California
Two decades ago, Napa tried to adopt a daytime curfew, but ran into opposition from parents who home school their kids.
Police also advocated a daytime curfew to prevent gang members from hanging out near Napa High School and causing fights, he said.
“We couldn’t figure out how to make it fair,” Monez said of the day curfew idea. Police ended up enforcing a penal code provision against loitering near school campuses and the daytime problem went away, he said.
Faced with a recent increase in gang violence, the city and local law enforcement agencies intend to create two task forces. One will involve law enforcement in a countywide gang suppression unit. The other will bring together community groups to devise a prevention plan.
Yreka: Parking fines to increase, daytime youth curfew considered, 12 February 2008, Siskiyou Daily News, Yreka, California
The council also discussed amending the city’s current curfew ordinance to create both a daytime and nighttime curfew and include parental liability for lack of supervision and cost recovery.
According to council members, juveniles who are absent from school without a lawful excuse ‘frequently congregate and loiter in public parks and other public places in and around business’ during the day.
Police oppose curfew, viability of enforcement questioned, 13 February 2008, The Chronicle-Telegram, Elyria, Ohio
The Police Department isn’t embracing it. Nor are school officials.
But nonetheless, a City Council committee tonight will take up the issue of whether the city should have a daytime curfew.
Police Chief Michael Medders said he cannot see how such a law would be beneficial to the city or his officers.
“I don’t know what something like that would accomplish and it would be very hard to enforce,” Medders said. “Right now, Elyria gives some of their students lunch passes, so what would we be expected to do? Determine who’s skipping school and who’s out for lunch?”
What I’ve wondered is, what happens during the summer? Do the bad kids suddenly reform?
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