Police chiefs council: Youth curfews don’t curb crime

Posted by on June 13th, 2017

Wearing a backward baseball cap and a sparse goatee, Luis Mercado practiced dunking and dissing his friends on a crowded basketball court in Woodlawn Park Monday night. It was shortly after 8 p.m., a time to savor in June when sticky air dissipates in a comfortable breeze. A guy wearing a doo-rag performed wheelies on […]

Speaking out against curfew laws in Fort Worth, TX

Posted by on January 27th, 2017

NYRA Chapter leader Bryce Hall spoke out against extending the juvenile curfew law in his home town of Fort Worth, Texas last Tuesday. He and other NYRA members attended the city’s Council meeting, where Bryce testified on the negative impact of curfew laws in his community. Unfortunately, the council decided to extend the curfew law […]

Youth Rights Election Results

Posted by on November 9th, 2016

While the shocking upset for president is at the forefront of media coverage right now, there were several youth rights issues on the ballot yesterday that should not be forgotten. NYRA is very pleased to announce victories on a ballot measure in Berkeley, California to lower the voting age and a non-binding ballot question to […]

NYRA Launches Curfew Law List

Posted by on October 24th, 2016

Does your town have a curfew law? Can you be arrested just for going outside? Now you can find out! Building upon our long-standing curfew resource page, NYRA has created a list of over 400 towns, cities, counties, and states where it is illegal for young people to be outside of their homes at certain […]

Teen Girl Hospitalized After Being Beaten & Arrested for 10 P.M. Curfew Violation

Posted by on November 27th, 2015

A 17-year-old girl, honor roll student, cheerleader and lifeguard, with no prior record whatsoever, has been hospitalized after a run-in with Clairton, PA police. The reason for the stop near an ice cream shop was that the 17-year-old was in violation of the town’s government mandated bed time for everyone younger than 18, also known […]

As Coplay considers curfew, experts question effectiveness

Posted by on August 28th, 2015

In Coplay Borough, where American flags line the streets and cheerful banners welcome visitors, police Chief Vincent Genovese doesn’t like what he’s been seeing on his police reports. The town of 3,300 residents is hardly crime-ridden, but there’s been an uptick in juvenile crime. The top cop with 11 years on the job isn’t sure […]

Some area cities enforce juvenile curfews to curb crime

Posted by on September 24th, 2012

After watching the White Oak Roughnecks crush the Ore City Rebels on Friday, Dalton LaFerny reveled in the victory, driving with friends and members of the Roughneck team to a Longview restaurant. It was 1 a.m. before he got home — a typical Friday night for the 17-year-old high school student who works a part-time […]

Youth Rights 101, Part 6: And the Sign Said…

Posted by on February 23rd, 2012

This is part of the Youth Rights 101 series. Please check out Youth Rights 101: Introduction for the rest of the series and more information. I saw a sign at a store saying anyone under 16 must be accompanied by an adult at all times. Is that legal? Depends on the store and where you […]

Youth Rights 101, Part 5: When Going Outside Is a Crime

Posted by on February 21st, 2012

This is part of the Youth Rights 101 series. Please check out Youth Rights 101: Introduction for the rest of the series and more information. Aren’t curfew laws necessary to keep kids safe and out of trouble? Should kids really be out so late? The real question is, should anyone be out so late, of […]

Bill would ban cellphone use by novice drivers, but does it have a chance?

Posted by on February 6th, 2012

Bonnie Raffaele has never been to Lansing, but her message is starting to be heard there. After her 17-year-old daughter, Kelsey, was killed in a crash while talking on her cellphone, the Sault Ste. Marie woman teamed up with state Sen. Howard Walker, R-Traverse City, on a bill to ban phone use by new drivers. […]

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.