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Associated Press: Milwaukee Is Latest City to Use Curfew to Tamp Down Unrest

The Associated Press interviewed CJCJ Senior Research Fellow, Mike Males, on Milwaukees implementation of youth curfews after protests following the police killing of a black man became destructive. Mike Males criticized youth curfews in the article. 

Mike Males, senior researcher at the Center on Juvenile and Criminal Justice, said there’s another problem: Curfews don’t target the people who are committing crimes.

In Ferguson and Baltimore, he said, authorities blamed teenagers for much of the unrest. But arrest logs showed few people taken into custody were teens. Most were considerably older.

Targeting that younger population, he added, serves only to antagonize them. It also allows public officials to avoid addressing larger problems such as longstanding racial disparities and poverty.

It’s an easy population to blame,’ Males said.”