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Oakland youth curfew proposed to help fight crime

Curfew laws have not been shown to cut crime in other cities, said Dan Macallair, Executive Director of the Center on Juvenile and Criminal Justice in San Francisco and the author of a 1999 research paper on the policy.

It is pretty ineffective,” Macallair said of a curfew. Most of it is for symbolic purposes. It is kind of the fallback policy for policymakers when they don’t know what else to do.”