Reporter needs your help: Are the teen curfews working?

Parents we have a reporter who needs your help. Katie Leslie is looking for parents that will go on the record to talk about the effectiveness of teen curfew ordinances. She wants to know: Do you think they actually do any good? Do they actually cut down on crime? Is it wise to keep kids inside? Is there some way to make it more effective? Is there another approach that would be more effective?

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June 9th, 2011
2:00 pm

Whether they cut down on crime or not depends on the actual teens and area I would think.
Some teens are just bad and the numbers keep going up.

Another approach? Yeah, parents who actually *parent*.
I think it’s sad there even has to be curfews. Parents should be in control of their children.

Daddy always said ‘nothing good happens after midnight anyway’
And I’ve heard: ‘only cops and crooks are out after midnight’.


June 9th, 2011
2:15 pm

I parented my kid, and she always had a curfew. During elementary school, she had to be in the house by 8:00. Middle school – in the house by 9:00. High school 10:00 on school nights, midnight on the weekends. Occasionally I would let her stay out till 1:00 on weekends….

When she started driving, she didn’t have a car, so she drove mine. My car had a curfew. It had to be in the garage by midnight on the weekends. I didn’t care if she dropped off the car and went back out, which she did often. I would hear her come in, drop the keys on the stairs, and head back out,

My dad did the same thing with me.


June 9th, 2011
2:36 pm

Curfews are to be set by parents not the government.

I don’t have a teenager, so I can’t contribute to Katie’s article, but if a parent is not responisible enough to set some guidelines around where their kids are and when, a mandated curfew is pointless. The kid won’t obey the law if mom and dad have never demonstrated any sort of parental authority.

“Government is not the solution to our problem. Government IS the problem.”


June 9th, 2011
2:40 pm

Im not sure if legal curfews work. I was just as afraid (no violence) of my parent’s curfew and the willingness of my friends parents to crucify me more so than I was of the police. But that was a different time and a different generation.

Today, the police don’t have discretionary abilities. It’s good and bad. It seems to me that the curfews are enforced in the wrong way and with the wrong people. They are unfairly enforced on minorities when it is convenient. And kids who are not really causing that much trouble are caught up because of dashboard cams. I feel for kids these days.


June 9th, 2011
2:45 pm

I’ve made huge mistakes in my younger days. And I make mistakes now (although I haven’t done anything illegal in 20 years), but the legal system can’t enforce morality, it can’t force someone to move on, etc. Unfortunately, we have a polarized society and it seems to just get worse. It’s not a racial issue, it’s not a gender issue. But it’s so much more public than it used to be. I feel sorry for kids nowadays.

Theresa Walsh Giarrusso

June 9th, 2011
2:54 pm

just noticed this —
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June 9th, 2011
7:25 pm

well if Parents WOULD parent, then the govt would not have to do this… keep your punk trouble making teenagers home!

Warrior Woman

June 11th, 2011
10:11 pm

Curfews aren’t working and it’s not the government’s place to tell children when to be in. There is very little trouble you can get into after midnight that you couldn’t get into before. Curfews are just an excuse for excessive police discretion in enforcement.