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17-year-olds now part of juvenile curfew in Shreveport; ordinance goes into effect Oct. 22

City to fine parents, or send them to jail, for multiple offenses
Published: Oct. 15, 2021 at 4:06 PM CDT
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SHREVEPORT, La. (KSLA) - Those who are 17 are now included in Shreveport’s curfew laws. The city is also imposing a penalty on the parents of juveniles who do not comply.

Mayor Adrian Perkins’ office announced on Friday, Oct. 15 that the mayor has signed legislation that amends the city’s curfew ordinance to include 17-year-olds. It goes into effect Oct. 22.

The ordinance restricts outdoor activities for juveniles in Shreveport on weekdays from 10 p.m. to 5 a.m., and on Fridays and Saturdays from midnight to 5 a.m. Councilmembers Tabatha Taylor and John Nickelson wrote the legislation, which increases enforcement age to 17.

DETAILS OF THE ORDINANCE

  • It shall be unlawful for any juvenile to remain in or upon any public property in the city during the curfew hours
  • It shall be unlawful for any juvenile to remain in or upon the premises of a public business in the city during the curfew hours
  • It shall be unlawful for a parent knowingly to permit or, by neglect, fail to exercise reasonable control, allow his juvenile child to be in or upon any public property or in or upon the premises of a public business within the city during the curfew hours
  • It shall be unlawful for any owner, operator, or employee of a public business to knowingly allow a juvenile to remain in or upon the premises of such public business within the city during curfew hours

Exceptions include:

  • When a juvenile is accompanied by a parent or other adult person authorized by a parent
  • When authorized by a parent, the juvenile is attending a function or activity sponsored by an educational, religious, or nonprofit organization that requires the juvenile to be in a public place or public business at an hour later than that authorized in the ordinance
  • When the juvenile is on an errand or specific business, or activity directed or permitted by his parent or other adult authorized by a parent or where the juvenile is acting within the scope of legitimate employment or returning home from the errand, activity or employment without any detour or stop
  • When the juvenile is involved in an emergency
  • When the owner of a public business is the sponsor or co-sponsor of an activity which requires or permits the juvenile to remain overnight on the premises of such business when authorized by a parent

If a juvenile is found to be in violation of the ordinance for a second time (and subsequent times), the parent, having been previously notified of violations, will be fined no more than $500 per offense or sentenced to up to six months in jail.

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