Should young people be subjected to night-time curfews as a way to reduce crime?
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Youth crime is a major and growing problem, often involving both drugs and violence.
The use of child curfews can help to protect vulnerable children.
There is no good reason for children to be out unaccompanied late at night.
Child curfews are a form of zero tolerance policing.
Child curfews can help to change a negative youth culture.
Other schemes aimed at reducing youth crime are desirable.
Minors don't have rights.
It teaches teenagers to be responsible and also considerate of other people around them
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.
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.
They will learn the importance of being on time to places
Bored teenagers will spend the night playing football/basketball or some other fun outdoor activity
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.
Watching a movie or studying at night at home, isn't a bad idea.
It is physically impossible to hold teenagers under house arrest without
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.
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.
Juvenile criminals tend not to listen to 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.
Deemed Unconstitutional (in some cases)
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
What do you think?