OPENING EXCERPT: Dear Mayor Rawlings and Dallas City Council Members, We write to urge the City of Dallas to end the juvenile curfew (Curfew) currently scheduled to expire in January of 2019. While the purpose cited by the Dallas Police Department (DPD) for enacting and maintaining a curfew—to prevent the victimization of juveniles—is laudable, citing minors and funneling them into the court process for merely being out of their homes or school ultimately harms more than helps them. Juvenile curfews undermine success for young people by bringing them into contact with the criminal justice system. SEE RELATED INFOGRAPHIC:
Austin’s Juvenile Curfew Ordinance (JCO) creates a Class C misdemeanor to punish youth who are not in school or who are out at night between 11:00 pm and 6:00 am. Kids as young as 11 years old can be sent to adult criminal court, without an attorney, face fines of up to $500, and can end up with a criminal record. Research shows that this type of justice system contact is harmful for youth—it impacts their ability to succeed in school and can lead to additional harmful court and police interactions. Click Fact Sheet for More >>


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