Majority of NH citizens do not support youth curfews in towns - 341 citizens, 1009 responses

Sep 09, 2015

In September, Franklin’s city council approved reinstating a curfew for younger residents, which prompted the Live Free or Die Alliance (LFDA) to ask Facebook members, “Would you support a youth curfew in your town?” 

A total of 86% of respondents answered the question directly or with a concurrence. Out of these responses, a 69% majority said they would not support youth curfews with 31% for them. Of the remaining respondents, 11% opted to discuss the subject in broader terms while 3% commented on unrelated issues. In sum, 341 citizens participated in the discussion with a total of 1009 responses. 

For those against youth curfews, some expressed concerns that minors will become unnecessarily embroiled in the legal system, while others noted the timing of when kids return home is a family matter. “This is just another way of the police trying to get their hands involved in something that should be a family matter if no other offense is being committed,” said one respondent. Another added, “I support parents enforcing curfews on their children—not the town or state.” Others said such curfews represent a disturbing trend in American legislation, including one respondent who said, “There is never a good reason to criminalize the very act of existing in an open public place.” 

Many of those who expressed support for youth curfews said they would help curb crime. “I completely agree with the curfew, especially where I live due to a lot of vandalism and destruction of our vehicles and property,” remarked one woman. Others said youth curfews reinforce common sense. “It is a rare occasion when a child under age 16 has a legitimate reason to be wandering the streets after 11,” said one respondent. Others agreed, including one gentleman who added, “These are young people whose minds are developing. They can’t be looked upon as one would an adult. They get into trouble needlessly.”

For those who did not provide a direct “yes” or “no” to the question, some commented on parenting today while others restricted their statements to how they felt about Franklin itself. Some cited personal experience with such curfews as kids. Other respondents suggested social reform, including one who remarked, “We need to focus on revamping the school systems to inspire learning again and setting them up for more success.”

Click here to read the full Facebook discussion of this question. 

Would you support a youth curfew in your town? Why or why not? Leave a comment and have your say. 

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