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NCJ Number: 159571 Find in a Library
Title: Juvenile Curfew Enforcement
Corporate Author: International Assoc of Chiefs of Police
United States of America
Date Published: 1994
Page Count: 6
Sponsoring Agency: International Assoc of Chiefs of Police
Alexandria, VA 22314
Sale Source: International Assoc of Chiefs of Police
44 Canal Center Plaza, Suite 200
Alexandria, VA 22314
United States of America
Type: Training (Aid/Material)
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: This training document provides background information to help police personnel administer existing juvenile curfew laws in a fair and reasonable manager and help law enforcement administrators provide informed opinion to local legislative bodies considering such ordinances.
Abstract: The guide explains the legal issues that should be considered before a law is enacted. These include due process, equal protection of the laws, freedom of speech and assembly, parental rights, penalties for parents, scope and vagueness, the government interest, and interference with juveniles' lawful activities. To avoid being overturned in court, a law should expressly identify the local problems resulting from unrestricted nighttime juvenile activity, specify the purposes for which the curfew is enacted, define terms, include a severability provision, specify prohibited activities, specify the times during which the curfew is in effect, specify the affected group, and provide reasonable exceptions. Police executives must establish proper departmental policies and procedures for dealing with violations, ensure that all officers are fully trained, and ensure that policies and procedures are consistently followed and fairly enforced. Proper reporting and recordkeeping concerning curfew violations are also essential for administrative, operational, statistical, and legal purposes. Notes and multiple choice questions and answers
Main Term(s): Juvenile delinquency prevention
Index Term(s): Criminology; Curfew; Juvenile status offenses; Police juvenile relations; Rights of minors
Note: Training Key Number 445
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