teen curfews may change

A stricter curfew for juveniles proposed
— reported by the Houston Chronicle

Hoping to curb a recent spike in crime among Houston-area youth, Mayor Bill White’s office has proposed a stricter juvenile curfew law that would make it illegal for children under the age of 17 to be on the streets after 10 p.m. on most nights.

Although White’s office told council members at a public safety meeting Wednesday that a recent poll shows the community would support the new law, some leaders balked at the proposal, requesting more time to talk to parents and children before considering the change.

White’s proposal bumps up by two hours the current requirement, changing the nighttime curfew to 10 p.m. Sunday through Thursday for anyone 16 years old and younger.

Under the current law, it’s illegal for youths 17 and younger to be in a public place between midnight and 6 a.m. any day of the week, and 9 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. on weekdays.

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