Date of Award


Document Type

Open Access Thesis

Degree Name

Master of Social Work (MSW)


Social Work

First Advisor

Dr. Glenda Dewberry-Rooney

Second Advisor

Dr. Clarice Staff

Third Advisor

Vern Bloom


While America's overall crime rate is in decline, juvenile crime is on the rise. One strategy to help prevent and reduce this phenomenon is the enforcement of a nocturnal juvenile curfew. In a five year period (1990-1994) fifty percent of major American cities took legislative action to enact a curfew ordinance for the first time, or revised an existing ordinance. The purpose of this study was to examine the enforcement of curfew as it related to the reduction or prevention of juvenile crime. The study analyzed selected crime statistics from two city's comparing and contrasting pre and post curfew enforcement time periods. The study findings indicated that curfew enforcement made a significant impact on crimes of vandalism and overall juvenile arrests. The study findings were inconclusive as to the relationship between curfew enforcement and the distribution of crime by month.


SC 11.MSW.1996.Thomas.KO

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