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Curfew Violations up in Minneapolis

Updated: 06/26/2014 6:29 PM
Created: 06/26/2014 5:16 PM KSTP.com
By: Todd Wilson

Kids breaking curfew is becoming a big problem in Minneapolis. Police say they haven't seen it this bad in years.

When we asked several kids if they knew what time was the city's curfew - many didn't know. "Isn't it 10 o'clock," one girl asked. 

It doesn't matter if parents in Minneapolis don't set a curfew, the city has one. Curfews vary depending on a child’s age. Twelve and under it 9 p.m. on weekdays, and weekends it's 10 p.m.

For kids ages 12 to 14 during the week it's 10 p.m. on Friday and Saturday it's 11 p.m.

For kids ages 15 to 17 it's 11 p.m. during the week. It's midnight on weekends.

"That's cool," another girl said.

Most kids who are picked up by the Minneapolis Police Department for curfew violations don't end up in jail. Instead they head to the Juvenile Supervision Center (JCS).

"We saw 46 last week but on average within the last year we typically see 13 curfew violations a week," said Beth Holger-Ambrose of the Link program.

Holger-Ambrose says Link partners with the police to run the JSC program. She says by her numbers, the highest percentage of curfew violators are African American kids at 69 percent, and the lowest are Asian kids at two percent.

Once a kid is in JSC an assessment is done. "They can get on going case management for themselves and family," she said.

Even with the numbers rising, Holger-Ambrose says the program is still working.

"Last year 84 percent of youth that were brought into the juvenile supervision center for curfew violations, we did not have a repeat visit on," she said.

Many kids we spoke with on the streets said, curfews are the right way to go.

"I think it is good to keep kids out of trouble because then there won't be so much violence," Alexis Rogers said.

  


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