ACLU Statement on Mall Curfew

With the East Towne and West Towne malls in Madison outlining new policies that will ban youth under 18 from being in the malls without a parent or legal guardian after 4 p.m. on Fridays and Saturdays, the following statement may be attributed to Chris Ott, executive director of the ACLU of Wisconsin:

The ACLU of Wisconsin opposes curfews based on the status of individuals engaged in otherwise lawful activity.   These policies treat young people like criminals when they have not committed a crime. This breaks the trust between youth and law enforcement, reinforces a belief that the criminal justice system is biased and inconsistent, and may push young people into the criminal justice system through receiving municipal tickets for trying to hang out at the mall.  Because of disparate enforcement, we are also concerned these kinds of policies can exacerbate the existing racial disparities in the criminal justice system in Dane County.

Thursday, July 13, 2017