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|Arrested Development in Richmond|
|Written by Lauren Jones|
|Thursday, 25 March 2010 10:39|
Richmond’s City Council has postponed its vote on whether to impose a daytime curfew for minors – a proposal put forth by the city’s Police Department.
In this situation, an increased number of juvenile delinquents will only perpetuate Richmond’s reputation as a crime-ridden city. If the curfew passes, juveniles would be delinquent based on their inability or refusal to pay a court fine or by ditching school again, perhaps to make a stand about what they perceive as an unfair punishment. Such actions may seem defiant and silly, but when you’re a teenager, adolescent actions are your way of making sense of a world in which you have little say.
Unfortunately, under this curfew such action taken against a targeted crack down would not be viewed in the spirit of Thoreau’s Civil Disobedience – as people making a stand against an unjust government – but rather as criminal behavior. While it is commendable that the Richmond Police Department cares about youth missing school, and has even included a community-based organization in its proposed solution, a curfew would be more a challenge than a solution.
It’s as though the police are saying, “We dare you. Go ahead ditch, watch what we’ll do.”