ERIC Number: ED427147
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1998-Jun
Reference Count: N/A
The Impact of Juvenile Curfew Laws in California.
Macallair, Dan; Males, Mike
Data from jurisdictions throughout California were analyzed to determine the impact of juvenile curfew laws on youth crime. It was hypothesized that jurisdictions with strict curfew enforcement would experience lower overall and serious crime arrests than jurisdictions with less strict curfew enforcement. It was also hypothesized that jurisdictions with strict youth curfews would have accelerated rates of youth crime reduction in relation to adult crime. Analyses used curfew arrest rates and youth crime rates for the 12 most populous counties and rates for cities over 100,000 population. Statistical analyses provide no support for the proposition that stricter curfew enforcement reduced youth crime either absolutely or relative to adults by location, city, or type of crime. Curfew enforcement generally had no discernible effect on youth crime. In the few instances where a significant effect was found, curfew enforcement was more likely to be associated with higher rates of juvenile crime. (Contains 12 references.) (SLD)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Center on Juvenile and Criminal Justice, San Francisco, CA.
Identifiers: California; Curfews