Do Curfews Keep Teens Out of Trouble?


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According to NewsWorks, curfews do not keep teens out of trouble. There is no evidence that curfews lower the overall rate of crimes committed by teenagers.

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Do Curfews Keep Teens Out of Trouble?
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Teenagers find ways to engage in harmful or illegal activities regardless of curfews or other rules, according to Boston.com. Kids climb out of windows or lie about where they are to avoid their curfews.

Even if teenagers do follow curfews, it does not reduce the amount of crimes they commit, according to NewsWorks. After Detroit enacted a curfew in 1976, crime did go down at night; however, crime increased during the afternoon. The same thing occurred in Philadelphia after a curfew was implemented in 2011.

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