Teen Curfew Enforced in Mid Michigan

Now that school is out, the sheriff's office says kids can be up to no good. And that's why they're continuing to enforce their curfew ordinances in Delhi Township in Ingham County.

"Bad things tend to happen once you get into the early hours of the morning," said Lt. Vern Elliott of the Delhi Division of the Ingham County Sheriff's Office.

This summer, police departments across Mid Michigan are reinforcing curfew ordinances to prevent teen crime.

In Delhi Township, kids under 12 can't be out past ten without adult supervision. And kids under 18 can't be out past midnight.

In Jackson, anyone under seventeen needs to be inside after 11 p.m. Sunday through Thursday and after midnight on weekends. Violating these rules in Jackson is a misdemeanor punishable by fines or even jail time.

These ordinances aren't new, but Elliott hopes the laws will keep kids safer by keeping them off the streets.
Delhi Township ordinances are as follows according to a post from their Facebook page.

Attention Parents;
As the school year comes to a close Ingham County Sheriff's Office - Delhi Division would like to remind you and your children of the curfew ordinance. Per Sec. 10-76.

"(a) Under age twelve. No minor under the age of twelve (12) years shall loiter, idle or congregate in or on any public street, highway, alley, public or private parking facility or park between the hours of 10:00 p.m. and 6:00 a.m., except where the minor is accompanied by a parent or guardian, or an adult delegated by the parent or guardian to accompany the child.

(b) Under age eighteen. A minor under the age of eighteen (18) years shall not loiter, idle or congregate in or on any public street, highway, alley, public or private parking facility or park between the hours of 12:00 midnight and 6:00 a.m., except where the minor is accompanied by a parent or guardian, or an adult delegated by the parent or guardian to accompany the minor, or where the minor is upon an errand or other legitimate business directed by his or her parent or guardian."

Jackson Ordinances are as follows:
Sunday through Thursday, anyone under 17-years old, not accompanied by a parent or guardian, must be off the streets between 11:00 p.m. and 5:00 a.m., Midnight and 5:00 a.m. on Friday and Saturday.
Curfew is a misdemeanor ordinance violation, misdemeanors are crimes punishable by 90-days in jail and $100 to $500 fine.
There are some exceptions if the minor is working at a business that closes after 11:00 or Midnight, and the minor is traveling from work back home.


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