MOBILE, Ala. (WALA) - One solution Mobile Police Chief Micheal T. Williams has for cutting down on violent crime is a curfew.
He believes one is needed for teenagers under 18. Most of the city council thinks it's an idea worth looking into.
The headlines are often filled with stories of teenagers committing crimes, and Chief Williams thinks a curfew could help stop the trend.
"I believe we need a curfew for these young folks in this city," Williams said.
The chairman of Mobile's public safety committee, Fred Richardson, wants to study the idea.
"If it would show that a crime diminished as a result of that, I would be in favor of that. I won't be in favor of that just for the sake of doing that," said Richardson.
Richardson said the city is using federal dollars to research ways to curb teen violence. The councilman added that Mobile has formed a committee that will research the idea of a curfew and its effectiveness nationwide.
"I'm not in opposition to anything legally that we can do to curb crime," said Richardson.
Councilwoman Gina Gregory is all for a curfew. Reggie Copeland and Bess Rich want more information first.
A number of cities nationwide have curfews for teenagers - Los Angeles, Phoenix, San Antonio, Washington, D.C. and Milwaukee just to name a few.
The department of justice said curfews equip officers to get the youth off the streets, but critics believe it unnecessarily funnels a large number of teenagers into the criminal justice system.
There's no timetable on when Mobile's committee will finish their curfew study, but when it's done the council will ask the public what they think about it.
Councilwoman Gina Gregory will hold a public meeting to discuss crime, including the idea of a curfew.
The meeting will be at 6:30 p.m. on May 23rd at the Mobile Museum of Art.
A number of law enforcement officials will be there to speak as well.
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