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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This proves that teenagers are more likely to get into dangerous predicaments when they are being told what to do. Numerous articles by credible sources such as the (National Center for Policy Analysis, the Center on Juvenile and Criminal Justice, and the US Department of Justice) all unanimously agree that curfew, in fact, does not lower young crime rates of any kind. Curfews in fact have no effect, and that teaching young teens to have morals and know what is right and what is wrong is greatly more effective than curfews. These curfews in fact, can set stress on a teen, causing more rebellion or even unsafe situations. They worry about being teased by others who have more lenient or sometimes no curfew. Curfews make them rush home to make sure they do not get in trouble. Which, can also lead to accidents because the teen is not cautious, he/she is only worried about getting home on time. There are so many other factors other than trouble with these curfews that most people do not look at, because they are assuming the only thing teenagers do late at night are bad, which obviously is not true. According to the National Council on Crime and Delinquency (NCCD), curfew enforcement is often powerless and unnecessarily focuses large numbers of nondelinquent youth into a criminal justice system that is already overrun with so-called offenders. Although, youth curfews are logical if young teens get into trouble, it only makes sense to get them


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