Giulia - posted on 03/09/2013 ( 4 moms have responded )
I mean laws, not parent-decided curfews. I say curfew laws do more harm than good. I am a mother of 3 children aged 19, 16 and 14. I am also a family advocate. I understand that parents want to keep their children safe. I don't want my children coming home late because night time is for sleeping and adolescents really need their sleep. That's my decision, not the governments. 1st, the majority of youth crimes happen during weekdays after school (3:00PM-8:00PM). Supporters of youth curfews cite only anecdotal and incidental data. The reduction of youth crime resulted from other strategies, such as demographic and economic changes. The only study on the effectiveness of youth curfews at reducing crime showed it had no effect. 2nd, because they are coming home late, they are forced to worry about the time and want to rush home, which can cause reckless driving and therefore danger. Youth are criminalized by such laws simply for being outside of their houses, which makes the house function as a prison. Why criminalize harmless behavior to prevent something? It's like stopping car driving to end car accidents. In America, were presumed innocent until PROVEN guilty (presumption of innocence). Curfew laws contradict the presumption of innocence by assuming all youth are potential law breakers. Curfew laws suppress the problem instead of getting to the cause of the problem and harms innocent youth. What about youth who are in abusive situations at home? Outside late night is safer than family for these youth. Should 5 year olds be free to roam the street at 4 in the morning? That's the parent's decision, not the governments. If curfew laws are repealed, kids will be more likely to defy their parent’s curfews. There are no laws against talking back and not doing chores, yet parents manage to handle these issues just fine. Curfew laws are enforced more heavily in back neighborhoods then in white neighborhoods. Prison is no place for our kids. http://www.aecf.org/~/media/Pubs/Topics/...