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Oxford to consider youth curfew

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You probably had a curfew growing up and had to be home at a certain hour.

If you live in Oxford, Mississippi and you are under age, you're getting a curfew even if you don't already have one.

The curfew, we are told, could go in to effect in as little as a month. If passed, it may be 17 and under, it may be 16 and under.

"We are not really wanting to penalize or punish young people or juveniles but we want to make a safe environment for them. There are so many more decision making opportunities out there, and opportunities for bad things to happen, so we really want to look at a way for young people and juveniles not to be victims," says Oxford Police Chief Joey East.

But, while there is talk of the curfew, there doesn't seem to be a decision on the hours that would be involved.

Chief East says, "We left that open for discussion. We presented it to the Mayor and Board so we could get publicity from our community; we want feedback from 'em."

East says the city is looking at a curfew because he says the town has grown over the years. "Well we have an increase in student population, and not that students are bad. We also have an increase in our downtown life. We have a lot more adult establishments that have opened up; bars, restaurants, etc. So that's a draw, an entertainment district is really good but that's also where young people want to come and be and they want to see what is going on, and that is just a bad element to allow young people to be there. That's setting yourself up for something bad to happen to one of our young people."

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