Because of their status as juveniles, youths may also be charged with various non-criminal acts. Such acts are broadly described as status offenses. Status offenses are any acts committed by juveniles that would (1) bring the juveniles to the attention of juvenile courts and (2) not be crimes if committed by adults.
Status offenses, such as runaway behavior, truancy, loitering, and curfew violations are not crimes but many believe they may lead to more serious chronic offenses if left unchecked. Along with juvenile delinquency and the structure of the juvenile justice system, students need to understand the role of status offenses in bringing young people into the system.
Juvenile curfews are popular, but many question if they can be effective or are fair.
Your assignment this week is to answer the following questions:
- Read the following articles and provide your considered answer for or against juvenile curfews.
This individual work should include the following: