Haslam signs bill for post-curfew safety centers - WMC Action News 5 - Memphis, Tennessee

Haslam signs bill for post-curfew safety centers

(Source: Mayor A C Wharton's office) (Source: Mayor A C Wharton's office)
NASHVILLE, TN (WMC) -

Tennessee Governor Bill Haslam signed a bill to change the way teenagers with minor infractions are treated.

Instead of going to Juvenile Court, the bill proposes that any minor that violates curfew will go to a designated safety center.

Memphis Mayor A C Wharton first put the bill into motion to keep people under 18 out of the juvenile justice system.

In a written statement, Wharton said:

"This is one among many efforts we've undertaken to curb youth crime and keep our young people out of the juvenile justice system unless it's necessary to correct them or to protect the public from them. This new law will help youth from falling victim to or committing violent offenses and help identify children suffering from neglect."

According to a spokesperson for Wharton's office, when a child or teenager is caught outside after curfew, they may be taken to a local community center until a parent or guardian comes to get them.

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