Oakland once again considering curfews

There is a controversial plan being considered in Oakland to crack-down on teenagers involved in crime.
November 12, 2013 8:45:51 PM PST
There is a controversial plan being considered in Oakland to crack-down on teenagers involved in crime -- a day and night-time curfew for juveniles.

The streets of Oakland are not getting any safer for young people. Police say, this year, 11 minors have been killed gun violence and more than 600 armed robberies were committed by juveniles.

Oakland City Councilmember Noel Gallo asks, where does it stop?

Gallo is proposing a strict curfew for those under 18 -- every night from 10 p.m.-6 a.m. and on school days 8:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m.

Gallo says some teens that violate curfew could be cited, fined or even arrested, but that's not his goal.

"It costs a lot to lock kids up -- then they come out dumber; so it's a better investment to help kids before they get into juvenile system," he said.

Gallo wants youth centers established where curfew breaking teens could get counseling and support.

But critics say curfews don't work. Youth Uprising, an Oakland-based advocacy group, calls it a bad use of police resources.

"There's lots of reasons teens maybe on the street, I think it may create more barriers and make teens feel like you're being checked," Director of Youth Leadership and Civic Engagement Sikander Iqbal said.

Leonard Moore just turned 18.

"It's going to give the police more excuse to pull kids over in cars, walking home maybe after work," he said.

Other teens like the idea.

"During the week they should have a curfew to keep kids off the streets and safe," Devon Urdalis said.

This is the third curfew proposal Oakland has seen in the last three years, others have failed to win approval.

Gallo is willing to try again.


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