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Jackson City Council to discuss youth curfew Tuesday

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By Monica Hernandez - bio | email

JACKSON, Miss. (WLBT) - It could soon become illegal for youngsters to be out too late.

The Jackson City Council is set to discuss a curfew ordinance at Tuesday's city council meeting that would bring back a juvenile curfew.

The late Mayor Frank Melton began enforcing a curfew for those 17 and under back in 2006.

It was eventually expanded to the homeless population.

Under the proposed new law, children ages 17 and under would have to be home by 10 P.M. Sunday through Thursday and by midnight Friday and Saturday.

According to the Associated Press, parents would face a $25 fine the first time a child violates curfew. 

Each subsequent offense increases the penalty by another $25.

The proposed curfew passed the council's Planning Committee last week by a 3-1 vote.

Ward 6 Councilman Tony Yarber, an elementary school principal, was the only councilman to vote against the measure.

Yarber said details need to be worked out about the process officers will have to follow to enforce the curfew.

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