Jackson council passes first reading of curfew


JACKSON, Tenn. (AP) - The Jackson City Council has given
preliminary approval to a citywide curfew for juveniles.
The council voted 6-2 with two absent on Tuesday night to
advance the proposal, which would bar people under 18 from any
public places from 11 p.m. to 6 a.m. Sunday through Thursday nights
and midnight to 6 a.m. Friday and Saturday nights.
The Jackson Sun reported the council added a requirement that
police report quarterly on a curfew's effectiveness in reducing
juvenile crime. The council also eliminated an escalating fine on
parents of offenders.
Second and final reading is scheduled for next month. If
approved, the curfew would take effect July 1 in the city of nearly
60,000 people.