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A lack of violator housing kills city curfew plans

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JACKSON, MS (Mississippi News Now) -

Jackson City Council attempts to enact another youth curfew ran into roadblocks.

Tuesday the Jackson Rules Committee removed its curfew ordinance following recommendations from the City Legal Department.

Deputy City Attorney James Anderson told committee members that a new curfew would violate The Henley-Young Detention Center's current consent decree with the county and federal government.

Status offenders like runaways, truancy and curfew violators can not be housed in the same facility with delinquent offenders who commit crimes like murder and burglaries.

Council members say residents are calling for an ordinance to keep youth off the streets and curb their involvement with crime and violence.

"We need action. If that means we need money to find a building because I thing that's all these people are saying just don't take them there. So if you don't take them to Henley Young let's take them somewhere else," said Rules Committee Chairman Councilman Kenneth Stokes.

Hinds County Youth Court Judge Bill Skinner said while an ordinance is a good tool for officers to use to question violators, children are not charged criminally and a curfew will not keep them off the streets.

Skinner hopes to be included in future discussions with the city should the council plan to later implement a curfew.

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