A blog about the Texas juvenile and criminal justice systems
Minors breaking curfew can face a fine of up to $50 on the first offense, and of up to $200 for subsequent offenses, plus possible action by a juvenile court.
Even if the rules are well-intended, they distract from dealing with the underlying issues and can create a destabilizing effect on kids who face judicial punishment as a result, agreed Elizabeth Henneke, a policy attorney with the Texas Criminal Justice Coalition.
"All it does is pull them deeper into the system," Henneke says - a system that she, like Wu, finds stigmatizes them and reduces their opportunities.
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