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Juvenile Curfew Effects on Criminal Behavior and Victimization


Wilson D.B. et al

Subject Keywords: Curfew, Juvenile
Catalogue: Systematic Reviews
Campbell Reviews
Type: Article
Region: International (other)

The evidence suggests that juvenile curfews do not reduce crime or victimization.

Curfews restrict youth below a certain –usually 17 or 18 –from public places during nighttime. For example, the Prince George's County, Maryland, curfew ordinance restricts youth younger than 17 from public places between 10 P.M. and 5 A.M. on weekdays and between midnight and 5 A.M. on weekends. Sanctions range from a fine that increases with each offense, community service, and restrictions on a youth's driver's license. Close to three quarters of US cities have curfews, which are also used in Iceland.

A juvenile curfew has common sense appeal: keep youth at home during the late night and early morning hours and you will prevent them from committing a crime or being a victim of a crime. In addition, the potential for fines or other sanctions deter youth from being out in a public place during curfew hours.



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Suggested citation:

Wilson D.B. et al. (2016) Juvenile Curfew Effects on Criminal Behavior and Victimization [Online]. Available from: [Accessed: 16th June 2019].


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