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The Palm Beach Post from West Palm Beach, Florida · Page 5

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Monday, December 1, 1997
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THE PALM BEACH POST MONDAY, DECEMBER 1, 1997 Tf Survey: Youth curfews get mixed reviews typically is based on attendance, he noted, and truancy can cost a school system millions of dollars Learn how to unlock the door? between life and death. ; in lost revenue. But curfews can be expensive for cities, too. Twenty-three percent, or 61, December 4th Thursday, 7:30 pm - 8:30 pm Airport Holiday Inn Belvedere Road, West Palm Beach (just west of 1-95) The use of curfews is growing, but many cities are pondering their effectiveness. The Associated Press WASHINGTON A growing number of American cities are using nighttime and daytime youth curfews to reduce crime and truancy and force mom and dad to set rules for teenagers. A survey being released today by the U.S. Conference of Mayors found that 276 of 347 responding cities had a nighttime curfew. Seventy-six had a daytime curfew as well. That's an increase over a similar survey the mayors group did in 1995 when more cities responded, but fewer said they were using curfews. In that survey, 270 of 387 cities had a nightly curfew. "Curfews are not the end-all. It's just one tool in the toolbox," said Louisville Mayor Jerry Abramson, chairman of the mayors' conference task force on youth violence. Abramson said curfews should be just one part of a juvenile crime prevention. He cited survey results that showed officials in 247, or 90 percent, of the cities that had curfews, thought it was a good use of a police officer's time. The rest of the cities thought curfew enforcement wasted police time. In Tulsa, Ok-la., officials surveyed said there is generally no useful purpose for children to be out late at night Officials in Billings, Mont, complained there was nowhere to take curfew offenders because parents often aren't home. Free-port, 111., officials said curfew enforcement turns officers into baby sitters. Richmond, Calif., officials said curfews treat all youth as if they were delinquents, giving law enforcement a bad image in the eyes of young people who are not troublemakers. According to the survey, 56 percent, or 154, of the surveyed cities have had a youth curfew for at least 10 years. Officials in half these cities say juvenile crime has dropped since the curfew was imposed; 11 percent say, the number of juvenile crimes has remained steady, and 10 percent have had an increase in juvenile-related crime. Because most of the remaining cities have had curfews for only a short time, no data on the impact on juvenile crime was available. "When you go to the neighborhoods that are most impacted by crime, the residents, as laymen, say a curfew in the evening will make a difference," Abramson said. "With the school boards and police officials, there is more support for daytime curfews." The most important reason for a daytime curfew is to ensure teens go to school, but Abramson said there are financial incentives as well. State education funding No reservation required All are welcome 3 Local contact: Sheila (561)798-9060 J of the cities said there were increased costs to enforce curfews. Officials in Chandler, Ariz., cited more paperwork, court appearances and time officers spent dealing with youths. Officials in New Orleans pointed to increased overtime for police. San Jose, Calif., officials said curfew enforcement hiked police payroll costs by $1 million. Fourteen cities said there had been constitutional challenges to the curfew. The American Civil liberties Union has fought such laws in a number of cities on the grounds that they impinge on Uberties guaranteed by the Bill of Rights. It suggests cities use the money spent enforcing curfews on youth programs instead. Sponsored by Science of Spirituality YOU CAN'T MAIL A HUG BUT GOP leaders already scoffing at Reno's handling of probe Clinton and Gore and allegations that former Energy Secretary Hazel O'Leary solicited a charitable contribution in exchange for meet- YOU CAN SEND A SQUEEZE! , I ing Chinese business- V , men. " Justice Department - lj j spokesman Bert Bran- Navel Oranges Mixed with Grapefruit..! Reno ueuourg saiu Reno was at work Sunday study 14 busfje! . . .521.95 12 busbd ...$28.95 54 busH . .$54.95 Israel to pull some st Bank troops The Associated Press JERUSALEM Israel's Cabinet voted Sunday to go forward with a promised troop withdrawal from the West Bank but set no date and made the pullout conditional on Pal- estinians doing more to fight terrorism. The ministers made no decision about the extent of the withdrawal. Critics have said that adding conditions gives Islamic militants a chance to scuttle the pullout by staging attacks in Israel as they have done in the past, prompting Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to halt peace talks temporarily. Still, Marwan Kanafani, a spokesman for Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat was cautiously optimistic and said Palestinians would have to "wait and see" what kind of conditions Israel attached to the withdrawal. - But Hanan Ashrawi, a minister in Arafat's Cabinet, rejected Israel setting any conditions for a withdrawal promised in agreements already signed by Netanyahu's government. A statement issued by the Israeli Cabinet indicated it would carry out just one redeployment rather than the three promised in the existing agreements and that Israel would continue "strengthening" its settlements in the West Bank. 1 busfjel . . . .$40.! Critics are predicting the fund-raising probe won't go to an independent counsel. The Associated Press WASHINGTON In an advance attack, Republican leaders predicted Sunday that Attorney General Janet Reno would recommend against naming an independent counsel to investigate President Clinton and Vice President Al Gore, and charged that she would use a legal technicality to justify that decision. Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Sen. Orrin Hatch said Reno could "hide" behind narrow definitions of the law, but that would not obscure the greater need to investigate alleged fund-raising violations by the White House and the Democratic Party during the 1996 presidential campaign. "There are enough facts to lead anyone to the conclusion that crimes may have been committed" by people covered or associated with those covered by the Independent Counsel Act, Hatch, R-Utah, said on Fox News Sunday. Reno has until Tuesday to inform a special court of her decision on whether to seek an independent counsel to probe telephone money raising by UV-wf - ing the findings of the task force that investigated the White House calls. In mid-afternoon, Deputy Attorney General Eric Holder, task force chief Charles LaBella and several other lawyers arrived for a meeting with Reno. Brandenburg insisted her decision would be made based on the evidence. "The attorney general is ready and willing to take any credible allegations forward as she has done on the issue of the phone calls," he said. The task force has recommended against asking for an independent counsel on the grounds that the 114-year-old statute barring solicitation of campaign contributions in federal offices was designed to prevent shakedowns of federal employees and has never been used to prosecute federal officials who phone private citizens from their homes or offices for donations. 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