Reflection Paper : Juvenile Curfews And Courts

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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’ rights to control how they raised their children, and did not support the ideals behind minors having equal protection. For instance, in the town of Middletown minors were prohibited to be on the streets after the time of 11 P.M. if they were between the ages of 14-17. There were several exceptions to this rule, if your parents were present with you, emergency happened, or if you were returning home from a social activity. Through the analysis of this data it is clear to me that enforcing juvenile curfews it is a way to regulate children’s behavior, and aid in supervising minors more efficiently.
Juvenile curfew can potentially improve the lives of children, and aid in dissolving certain deviant actions. Through statistics that Hemmens &…

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