Young people should be subjected to night time curfews as a way to reduce crime

Youth curfews are widely used in the USA to keep children off the street at night; a state of curfew makes it illegal to be out of doors between certain publicised times. In the USA over 300 individual towns have passed local curfew laws that vary in detail, but are all aimed at reducing juvenile crime and gang activity. In Britain a 1998 law allowed local councils to impose curfews for all children under ten, although none has yet chosen to do so. In defining the motion the proposition should think about the age groups at which the curfew is aimed, the hours it would operate, the penalties for offenders and any possible exceptions, for example, is it permitted to be out in the company of an adult?

Young people should be subjected to night time curfews as a way to reduce crime

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It teaches teenagers to be responsible and also considerate of other people around them

Teens may not like the idea of a curfew in the beginning and they may fight with parents about it. But parents need to remember that kids will eventually thank them for the curfew when they become young adults cause then they will finally understand why they had a curfew. Don't feel like bad parents despite how much the teens yell at you during the teen years. Teens just don't realise what parents do or say the things they do when they are young.
Most teens don't understand that they don't need much freedom since they are irresponsible and not adult yet. Most teens get into trouble if they have too much freedom to do anything they want to do. Teens shouldn't be treated like adults when they aren't very responsible. In a way, curfews does prepare them for the future by helping them to be able to handle being a responsible young adult once when they reach that age.

Quite to the contrary, if we place our teens under such scrutiny then they will only rebel. They will be more determined to stay out passed the curfew and cause mischief. Instead we should show our teens respect and trust. That way they will feel more guilt should they break such trust.

As well how will they learn to become mature if they have never been shown the respect or had the benefits you will not take on the responsibilities until you are given the freedoms that come with.

Young people should be subjected to night time curfews as a way to reduce crime

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They will learn the importance of being on time to places

The teens need to be assisted to understand the importance of being on time to places and in the future to work also other events. It will be easier for them to go from a teen to a young adult when they reach that age. It will help them get through college and be able to study for exams without having a difficult time keeping a regular schedule. And when they succeed in their studies, they have a good way of living, so it's reducing the crime rate.

Bu they will not know why they are being kept in, they will not have the reasoning to be able to see why they were kept in. They will only know that they have ti be home for a certain time. Once that restriction goes, they will make the most of it and go AWOL. We need to teach them why they should stay in, not just rule with an iron fist in the hope they merely copy in future life.

Young people should be subjected to night time curfews as a way to reduce crime

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There is evidrenxce to suggest that no curfew means bored teenagers will spend the night playing football/basketball or some other fun outdoor activity

most young people are afraid of a criminal record marring their professional and academic career and would think twice about sneaking out after hours when there's a curfew.

Watching a movie or studying at night at home, isn't a bad idea.

if there were no curfews in certain U.S states; many young convicts in the making, would have something non-criminal to do at night. A lot of vandalism is the product of boredom, as are many petty crimes. When sports' complexes, gyms and eat-outs are closed off to teenagers, after hours; they are bound to entertain themselves in other ways.

A lot of students find it difficult to study at home, nights are spent far more more productively in the school or public library.

Really most young people are scared of a criminal record. Have you seen the young people these days. A criminal record is only as good as what you've got it for I have a criminal record from when I was young and stupid and it has never interfered in my academic or professional career. All employers take criminal records with a pinch of salt.

Young people should be subjected to night time curfews as a way to reduce crime

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It is physically impossible to hold teenagers under house arrest without

Maybe teenagers need to spend time at home with family and sleeping over at a friends' house is not prohibited by a curfew.

most car accidents happen at night, when a sleepy/drunk teenager is driving home, it's best for teenagers not to be city hopping all night.

Performing some kind of abuse.
Parents should not have to 'force' their children to not go out at all. Or to only attend family events at night or to only get out when there's an emergency. Concerts, night galas and sports' games/matches, mostly happen in the night. Robbing young people of a healthy social life, is the perfect way to foster teenage porn addiction or at the very least: bad posture.

Young people should be subjected to night time curfews as a way to reduce crime

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Juvenile criminals tend not to listen to their parents

teenagers up-to no good, skulking about in the night will be caught by the cops/police so the fun of flirting with the law will be over.

putting a curfew on them would make no sense. They will still go out, the excitement of flirting with the law would make sneaking out of the house even more attractive than before, when they would only have been hoodwinking their parents.

Thats the point of flirting with the law the police can't be everywhere there will just be an outbreak of illegal young people meets and yes you might get caught but theres a good chance you won't. if you look at all the illegal partys going on at the minute plenty of people turn up to them though there is a high chance of getting arrested.

Young people should be subjected to night time curfews as a way to reduce crime

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Deemed Unconstitutional (in some cases)

In some cases the legal courts have ruled that curfews are unconstitutional. Based on the 14th Amendment which states "All persons born or naturalized in the United States, and subject to the jurisdiction thereof, are citizens of the United States and of the state wherein they reside. No state shall make or enforce any law which shall abridge the privileges or immunities of citizens of the United States; nor shall any state deprive any person of life, liberty, or property, without due process of law; nor deny to any person within its jurisdiction the equal protection of the laws."

Based on this Amendment no matter how practical or impractical curfews are. They can be deemed unconstitutional unless exceptions are present. In which case the Minor's "rights" aren't impaired or abridge. Exceptions can include written notes from parents, circumstances that require the minor to break curfew, late night work, and errands. Curfew's that don't allow breakage at all. Can be shot down in the courts unless exceptions are present such as ones I listed above.

I will point out not all curfew cases have been deemed unconstitutional. Some were deemed to vague and some impede on parents right to punish or teach their children themselves. Another amendment used is the 1st Amendment. The right to assemble peacefully and to speak openly. However, most court cases repeal or deem them unconstitutional.

There has been no solid evidence linked in court cases. That have found curfews being strong factor on youth crimes. However it does spark rebellion against parents, and the law. Minors under the age of restriction, will likely break curfew anyways. They may be encouraged to do so. When hard evidence about statistics is presented. I'll remove this argument. Most cases have failed even with evidence. At some point or another Minors will rebel against curfew laws. So, I'm strongly against it. I'm 18 years old and firmly believe equal rights amongst minors.

Examples: http://www.clarkprosecutor.org/html/juvenile/juvenile7.htm http://www.nyclu.org/regions/genesee-valley/forsyth_unconstitutional_curfew

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