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Chicago imposed a curfew on its youngest residents to help save them from street violence. As of last night, children must be inside by 8:30 p.m. Sunday through Thursday, and 9 p.m. Friday and Saturday. The existing curfew for 12-to-16-year-olds is 10 p.m. Sunday through Thursday, 11 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays. Last school year, 27 children were killed due to violence and another 256 students were shot.
Cities with curfews have seen a 10 percent drop in the number of children arrested, Emanuel said. Three years after San Antonio enacted a curfew, the instances of young people becoming victims dropped 84 percent, his office said.
“While the government can do its part, we need parents to do theirs,” Emanuel said. “We need parents to help make sure their children are home safe where they belong.”
Curfew violators are subject to a fine of up to $500. Three offenses in a 12-month period could mean a fine of up to $1,500.