Dallas To End Curfew For Kids Under 17

Kristin Weisell
December 18, 2018 - 6:33 am
Downtown Dallas at night

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DALLAS (1080 KRLD) - The city of Dallas is slowly letting go of its curfew for kids and young teenagers.

The juvenile curfew expires next month, and Dallas leaders say they won't ask the city council to renew it.

The curfew has been around since 1991, and has long been criticized by civil rights groups. They claim it gives police officers an opportunity to target minority kids. However, Dallas police officers have stood by the curfew, saying it helps keep kids from loitering or getting into criminal mischief.

The curfew affects all kids under age 17. They can't be outside without an adult between 11:00 p.m. and 6:00 a.m. on weeknights, or between midnight and 6:00 a.m. on weekends. Breaking the curfew could mean a $500 fine.

Dallas police may look for another solution once the curfew is allowed to expire. They could present a new plan to city council next summer.