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Last Thursday night, Hartford city officials imposed a 9 o'clock curfew for children under the age of 18. It's in reaction to yet another wave of violence.
In one weekend, 11 shootings and one man dead with residents of Hartford wondering once again why they can't escape from summertime violence. So, in a move that's drawn national attention, Hartford is under curfew, with police patrolling for young people out after dark. The move has been criticized by civil liberties groups, which call such curfews unconstitutional. But are they an effective tool for a community that has run out of options?
Today, on Where We Live, we'll examine curfew policies in Connecticut and elsewhere, in Columbus Ohio, where the city partners with the YMCA, and in Helena Akansas, where a 24-hour curfew is enforced by a heavily armed police presence.
We'd like you to join the conversation: Does a curfew work as a public safety tool? Is public safety ever more important than civil liberties?