Some Folks Trying to Turn Out the Lights on Extending the Juvenile Curfew Ordinance
Writes Tracy Wallace, who's among those spearheading the CADDC's cause, "We believe the proposed daytime curfew for children is a bad idea [because] It would make being under 17 and in public a crime on DISD school days. Child, parent and businesses allowing minors on premises can be given a class C misdemeanor citation which may carry a fine up to $500. It's an effort to reduce daytime juvenile crime, hold parents accountable and keep kids in school. This daytime curfew is not the solution to reach those goals."
She's got further points to make after the jump.
Writes Johnson in a media release just sent to Unfair Park:
The problems with the proposed daytime curfew for children:
Research shows these don't work. If this law passes, our society is nearing a totalitarian police state. We need to get the word out. Many people have no idea this is coming...
- Duplicates existing truancy law which is focused on keeping kids in school and out of the criminal justice system
- Police already have the authority to return truants to school
- Scatter-shot approach to fighting crime
- Does not offer real solutions to crime or truancy
- Places financial strain on already struggling families and businesses
- Places additional strain on law enforcement
- Creates a huge pool of 1st offenders
If the City Council and DPD had practiced due diligence they could easily have found the same info. One of the reasons DPD has given for pursuing it -- all the other cities are doing it. The ACLU of Texas has been advising us and will be at the Rally on Monday afternoon.