Curfew Begins Again in Chester

By Amanda Kerstetter
|  Wednesday, Jun 1, 2011  |  Updated 11:55 PM EDT
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Teen Curfew Starts Again in Chester

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Teen Curfew Starts Again in Chester

All teens under 18 must be off the streets of Chester, Pa. between the hours of 9 p.m. and 6 a.m. or face the consequences. The goal is to curb crime but is it really just hurting kids?
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A curfew was put into place in Chester, Pa. Wednesday night.

From Wednesday until August 31 everyone under 18 must be off of the streets between 9 p.m. and 6 a.m.

Last summer Chester officials declared a “state of emergency” that gave all residents a curfew and stopped all public gatherings. The curfew stemmed from violence in the city. There have already been five homicides this year, two of which happened at a shootout that wounded another seven young people.

The Chester Police Department plans to hire employees that are dedicated to enforcing the curfew and writing citations for violators. Chester Police Chief Darren Alston said that juveniles found after curfew will first receive a warning.

On the second offense their parents will be cited and they will be given fines.
 

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