NEW ORLEANS – Officials in New Orleans are considering tightening a youth curfew in the latest attempt to fight crime in a city with the nation's highest murder rate and what its mayor has called "a culture of death."
The city council is scheduled to vote later this month on whether to expand a recently strengthened curfew in the French Quarter and a nearby tourist area to the whole city. Mayor Mitch Landrieu, Police Superintendent Ronal Serpas and other community leaders back the plan.
Curfew rules in effect since mid-January in the French Quarter and nearby tourist district require all those 16 and under to be off the streets by 8:00pm every day rather than merely on school nights, as was previously required.
New Orleans' murder rate has citizens rattled. Last year, 199 people were killed in the city of 344,000 -- a 14 percent increase over the year before. That comes as the national murder rate continues to drop and puts the city's rate at 10 times the national average...MORE FROM THIS SOURCE
NEWTOWN NEEDS A CURFEW: A curfew is an order specifying a time after which certain regulations apply. An order by a government (SARASOTA) for certain persons to return home daily before a certain time, It can be imposed to maintain public order or suppress targeted groups (gangs), Newtown has become a shooting gallery.