Daley announces new program for curfew violators

May 27, 2010 2:33:10 PM PDT
Chicago's starting a new program Saturday to reduce violence. Any young people violating curfew will be processed at park district facilities instead of at police stations.

Mayor Daley announced the program Thursday in Ogden Park. That's one of three sites in high-risk police districts. The other parks are Harris and Piotrowsky.

The mayor said the city will connect curfew violators with mentors and help them join positive programs that can keep them out of trouble. He also reminded parents and guardians of their responsibility.

"They have to realize that when their children are out later and later, they're more likely to become a victim of crime or an offender of crime. Something's going to take place. And we're just trying to protect them. That's all we're trying to do," the mayor said.

Chicago's curfew covers children 16 and younger. The curfew begins at 10 p.m. Sundays through Thursdays and at 11 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays.