Status Offenses and Juvenile Curfews

| June 14, 2018

Civil & Criminal Justice Class
Week 3: Individual Work Paper

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.

“The Effectiveness and Enforcement of Curfew Laws and Minor’s

“The Impact of Juvenile Curfew Laws.”

This individual work should include the
An in-depth submission free of spelling
and grammar errors.
An essay containing a minimum of one
page, typed and double-spaced.
You will be assessed on the rationale
you use in addressing the question/issue posted, and how well you justify your
argument regarding this issue.
Your response must be thought provoking,
have well developed ideas and/or opinions, and should reference any supporting
material from the text, lecture, or other sources you have used to complete the
You may use your text or the Internet as
a reference, but remember to cite your sources.

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