A youth curfew in Oakland is a waste of time for a lot of Police. Crime is still the same with or without a curfew and a curfew would take away teenagers freedom. At night there’s danger all around Oakland and you can hear the screaming and gunshots. Many teenagers have been killed lead to many to argue that teenagers should have a curfew at night. A youth curfew would get teenagers home by 10 pm and if they stayed out past that time, a police would be allowed to pull them over to take them to jail or give them a ticket.
Many teenagers have been killed at night time and most of the crime suspects are adult not the teenagers. Teenagers shouldn’t have curfew because it takes away their human rights and freedom, and doesn’t address the real perpetrators of violence : adults. Youth curfew takes to much time away from a lot of Police because it takes a while to handle one person if they break the curfew. Many police reports that teenagers should have a curfew due to all the killing, but it takes almost 1 hour to settle a teenager when they get caught by the police.
In the article ” Why a Curfew in Oakland is still a Bad idea ” by Robert Gammon he states that ” In a 2009 report to the city council , OPD reported that detaining a youth for violating curfew could take up to 60 minutes of a police officers time. ” Not only it will take 60 minutes to arrest a teenager but it will take several more hours to get it together. In Robert Gammons article ” Why a Curfew in Oakland is still Bad idea ” Gammon claims ” And if the officer decided to arrest the teen, it could take up to several hours to process him or her and then take the youth to Juvenile Hall in San Leandro. Its a lot of time wasting process if a lot of teenagers is caught at the same time. The problem about youth crime rate is that with or without curfew the crime numbers don’t changes.
Considering that many teenagers get killed at night but so no specific evidence that its teenagers fault . Gammon article states that,” the most recent data available from the California Department of justice shows that felony youth crime has dropped substantially in Oakland, plummeting 26. percent from 2001 through 2010. ” Its not the youth that’s doing all the crime in Oakland but its the irresponsible adult that’s doing the crime. Gammons claims ” The state DOJ data shows that overall violent crime jumped 17. 6 percent in Oakland from 2001 through 2010. In other words, overall crime has been going up in the city while youth crime is going down. ” Many crime has been happening and the teenagers is not involve with the crime that’s been happening around Oakland.
Another problem with the youth curfew is that its taking away teenager’s freedom to go out after 10 pm to do their own business. Even though, it’s dangerous for the teenager to go out at night they have their own mind where to go and be safe that will not get them into danger, because not all teenagers do bad things. Youth curfew could also lead to racial profiling. In Robert Gammon article ” Why Curfew in Oakland is still a bad idea ” he states that ” A youth curfew meanwhile, could result in more problems with racial profiling in the city.
Oakland police already have a troubling track record for stopping people of color for no legitimate reason. ” This will lead to a lot of people angry especially for color people if a lot of teenager black-American get caught by the police for no reason because mostly the color people is in jail and people will think its racist. In Robert Gammon article ” Why curfews don’t work ” he explained the youth arrest and how some of them is not doing anything bad. Muhammad noted that 400 youths arrested on average each month in alameda County, only 125 are brought to juvenile hall, the rest are released to their parents or guardians because the crimes the youths are suspected of committing aren’t serious enough to warrant being locked up. ” This evidence shows that the one who wasn’t doing anything bad still got arrested and they didn’t have right to complain and explain because of the youth curfew once you past that time and police see you they will arrest you meaning no freedom for teenagers.
The problems about youth curfew is that its a time wasting for a lot of people including the police and your parents or guardians. No evidence were proven that curfew decrease the crime rates in Oakland. Many teenagers arrested for no reason just staying out late just hanging out and not doing anything bad. Youth curfew is a problem to our community which takes away freedom for a lot of youths. Why waste time on youth curfew when we all know that its the adult responsibility that the crime still exist.