Philadelphia Tries to Crack Down on Youth Mobs

In the face of recent violence committed by roaming groups of teenagers, officials in Philadelphia are imposing stricter curfews for youth.
August 12, 2011, 9am PDT | Nate Berg
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Mayor Michael Nutter issued the new curfew rules after a series of violent attacks perpetrated by groups of youth.

"Nutter said additional police presence and a stricter curfew would be implemented in Center City and University City until the beginning of the school year.

The increased police patrols will cost the city $56,000 a weekend, Nutter said, adding that the public can call 3-1-1 to find out how to participate in the Safe Corridors campaign to help patrol targeted areas with community leaders.

Curfews for targeted areas will be 9 p.m. on Fridays and Saturdays for anyone under 18. Anyone caught violating curfew will be taken home or to a police station, Nutter said. For the first offense, minors face a $100 to $300 fine.

As for the rest of the city, the curfew will remain the same - 10 p.m. for children under 13, and midnight for young people under 18."

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Published on Tuesday, August 9, 2011 in The Philadelphia Inquirer
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