Curfew

Local NYRA members in Washington, DC led a successful campaign in June 2007 to stop the city council from lowering the DC curfew time to 10 pm and raising the age to include all people under 18.

Repeal curfew laws.

It is disturbing to think that in a free country laws exist to make being outside a crime, but it happens in the form of curfew laws. The most vulgar of status offenses, curfew laws prohibit youth from being in public during much of the night and day. NYRA has assembled the Internet’s most comprehensive guide to youth curfews. Read NYRA’s Curfew FAQ, read the expert studies that prove curfews have no effect on crime, and take action against curfews in your area. If you do any research or writing on the topic of curfews NYRA would love to add it to our collection, so please upload your paper here.

Opinion

Frequently Asked Questions
Do curfews work? Are they constitutional? Find answers here to these questions and more.

Action

Curfew News
Get the latest on attempts to pass new curfew laws and NYRA’s efforts to stop them.

Curfew Flyers
Check out member submitted curfew flyers and contribute your own!

September 1997 Anti-Curfew Speech
Dave Doctor delivered this speech at a street fair in San Diego a few days before Libertarian Rock’s protest at San Diego’s City Hall.

1999 Washington, DC Curfew Speech
Here is the speech Alex Koroknay-Palicz gave on November 4, 1999 at the second Washington, DC Curfew Protest.

Research

Analysis of US Youth Curfew Laws
This well researched paper examines the constitutional issues around curfews and existing research into their effectiveness.

An Analysis of Curfew Enforcement and Juvenile Crime
This is the most comprehensive study on the effectiveness of curfew laws ever to be completed.

More Curfew Research
This is the largest collection of raw curfew studies on the Internet. Lots of research that all say the same thing: curfews don’t work.

Discussion

Curfew Forum
Have something to say about curfew laws? Want to discuss and debate the issue with other NYRA members? Go check out the forum.

NYRA’s mission centers on challenging age discrimination against young people, both in law and in attitudes and supporting the basic freedoms afforded to young Americans in the Bill of Rights.