“Philadelphia City Council seems poised to enact a 10 p.m. curfew for minors this summer in what Council members described as an effort to keep young people safe amid an unrelenting gun violence crisis”. See the article HERE (note there might be a paywall)
Is safety for minors the true goal of the curfew? Does the data for police calls for service and police contact show that there is a significant issue with youth and gun violence late in the evenings in Philadelphia? This is the biggest youth problem? Will a curfew stem youth and gun activity? It seems like gun violence is a more serious threat then being on the streets past curfew so why would a curfew violation deter youth being out on the streets?
The article has some links to some interesting articles. 2 notable articles are:
- Juvenile curfews are not effective in reducing crime and victimization
- Keep the Kids Inside? Juvenile Curfews and Urban Gun Violence
Two articles (that are not linked to in the new article) that are excellent resources for examining youth crime, problem solving, and determining a police response are:
- David M. Kennedy, Pulling Levers: Chronic Offenders, High-Crime Settings, and a Theory of Prevention, 31 Val. U. L. Rev. 449 (1997).
- Reducing Gun Violence The Boston Gun Project’s Operation Ceasefire Developing and Implementing Operation Ceasefire
The Philadelphia PD should take the time to be familiar with the “Pulling Levers” article by Kennedy it is a seminal article on the topic of specific deterrence. It also showed how Boston PD reduced their problem of youth and gun violence.