A curfew is an order prohibiting or limiting one’s right to be out in public at certain times or in certain places, and it is implemented by federal, state, or local authorities, depending on the particular reason for the order. Curfew laws represent a method of surveillance of movement for certain individuals, which the government argues is needed for the protection of people and property and is not outweighed by privacy concerns. This entry reviews the various populations to whom these laws may apply and then discusses legal challenges to juvenile curfew laws.


Many curfew laws in the United States apply only to juveniles under the age of 18 years, having been implemented in an effort to curtail juvenile delinquency; however, curfew laws have been enacted ...

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