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Does Curfew for Youth Help Curb Crime? 2024-04-20 11:47:12

Hundreds of cities and counties across the country are implementing curfews for young people.

On September 1st, curfew took effect in seven districts of the District of Columbia, affecting individuals aged 17 and younger.

As in many other cities, the nation's capital is experiencing an increase in violent crimes. Some of the most shocking crimes have been committed by young individuals.

Thirteen-year-olds, as well as teenagers, have been suspected or charged with carjacking. In the past couple of months, a 14-year-old and a 16-year-old have been charged with murder. And young people are also becoming victims of violence.

Keeping kids at home at night may seem like a good strategy for cities experiencing a surge in youth violence. However, experts say that research does not support the effectiveness of curfews.

Host Scott Detrow speaks with Kristin Henning, director of the Juvenile Justice Clinic at Georgetown University, about what works and what doesn't.

This episode was produced by Mark Rivers and edited by Janett Woods. Our executive producer is Sami Yenigun.

 

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