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Richmond Adopts Curfews

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(Sacramento, CA)
Wednesday, April 7, 2010
The city council Tuesday night approved a school-day curfew effective from 30 minutes after the school day begins to 30 minutes before it ends.

Police Chief Chris Magnus told council members the new rule could reduce teen-crime in the city…where last year a girl was gang raped outside a homecoming dance at Richmond High School.

“There are more young people involved in crimes during school hours, many of them are burglaries but a surprising number are also violent crimes, there are more of them involved during that time than there actually are during the nighttime hours when you might expect that you’d see the reverse.”
Magnus says students who violate the curfew would receive a non-criminal citation and would have to appear in juvenile court. Sanctions could range from family counseling to community service and fines.

The curfew is expected to go into effect in the fall.

A similar anti-truancy program is already in effect in Sacramento.
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