An examination of the utility of criminal curfews as a policy response to youth crime in Australia

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Curfews have been put forward as a solution to youth crime problems in several Australian jurisdictions. During Queensland’s 2017 election campaign the Liberal National Party said it would trial a curfew banning children under the age of 16 from being on some Townsville streets without adult supervision after 10 pm. This announcement referred to the claimed success of the introduction of a youth curfew in the Western Australian suburb of Northbridge in 2003. Such
policies have been criticised for net widening and criminalising noncriminal
behaviour.
This presentation will examine the policy context behind such crime prevention strategies and will use police data to argue that such strategies produce marginal results at best. The presentation will examine the use of curfews overseas and their outcomes, and then present possible alternative solutions to the use of blanket youth curfews

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Conference2018 Crime Prevention and Communities Conference
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CityMelbourne
Period7/06/188/06/18
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Goldsworthy, T. (2018). An examination of the utility of criminal curfews as a policy response to youth crime in Australia. 55. 2018 Crime Prevention and Communities Conference, Melbourne, Australia.
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Goldsworthy, T 2018, 'An examination of the utility of criminal curfews as a policy response to youth crime in Australia' 2018 Crime Prevention and Communities Conference, Melbourne, Australia, 7/06/18 - 8/06/18, pp. 55.

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