Council to Consider Extending Juvenile Curfew Ordinance to Include School Hours
At noon today, the council's Public Safety Committee will discuss modifying the Juvenile Curfew Ordinance to include the hours during which kids should be in school. Says the doc, the curfew would extend from 9 a.m. till 2:30 p.m. Monday through Friday. There are, of course, exceptions -- like, when there's no school. But the briefing document says that extending the curfew is necessary because "a high rate of truancy exists in the city that significantly contributes to the number of incidences of juvenile crime, juvenile violence, and juvenile gang activity occurring during school hours ... [and that] the establishment of daytime curfew hours for minors will help combat truancy, thereby reducing juvenile crime, juvenile violence and juvenile gang activity during school hours."
Right now, public hearings are scheduled for March 25 and April 22. After the second, the council will vote on the proposal.