Reflection About Juvenile Curfews

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Reflection Paper: Juvenile Curfews and Courts

Throughout the reading of “Juvenile Curfews and Courts,” Hemmens & Bennett outlines, and interprets the development of juvenile courts, and if curfews are an efficient tool to have within society. The author stresses that juvenile curfews treat children as second-class citizens that need to be protected more than adults, curfews threaten the exercise of a number of rights, and that by adopting these regulations it is a sign of public hysteria rather than a reasoned response to juvenile crime and delinquency. Data, and court cases examined by Hemmens & Bennett, suggested that juvenile curfews violated the first amendment rights of minors, violated their right to travel, infringed on parents’
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Through statistics that Hemmens & Bennett employed showed a 13 percent increase in violent juvenile crimes between the mid-afternoon hours. During, the late night and early morning hours, less than 8 percent of all deviant crimes were committed during this time. I believe that juvenile curfews should be enforced between the hours of 3:30-6:30 when parents are at work, and are not able to monitor their children. After work hours parents are at home supervising their children, and making sure they are home safe. Late at night when children’s parents are home, it is harder from them to engage deviant actions. These individuals would have to sneak out of the home, and then commit violent …show more content…
Juvenile curfew were employed to have the children’s best interest at hand, and impose stricter regulations on unruly youths. Although, court officials are applying these guidelines, law enforcement officials have a different mindset. Police departments have frequently imposed the ideals behind them being too busy investigating “serious” crimes to be bothered with enforcing a curfew or that they lacked the resources to enforce the curfew. By law enforcement officials not efficiently enforcing the juvenile curfew, what makes citizens believe that the situation will improve? As discussed by Professor Ramunni, by ignoring a broken window, and not being proactive towards the problematic situation it tends to grow larger. If an individual or community addresses the situation immediately it can allow for alternative measures to be applied to slowly fix the

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