City Council hears second reading of youth curfew amendment

City Council hears second reading of youth curfew amendment

CHATHAM CO., GA (WTOC) - It's an issue regarding youth safety that has been brought up several times before.

Some Savannah city leaders believe a revised youth curfew will help curb crime, especially involving young people. Currently, children of any age can be out until 11 p.m. Sunday through Thursday, and midnight on Fridays and Saturdays.

The amendment proposal includes creating youth support centers to hold young people who violate a curfew while police work to locate their guardians. It's a move that Alderman Van Johnson said would be instrumental in freeing up officers who normally keep the juvenile with them while searching for a parent.

The youth support centers would be a safe place for the child or teen to stay and be evaluated by staff while waiting. Johnson said the city has already been in talks with community centers who might be willing to partner with the city in the effort.

"The Park Place Outreach indicated they might be interested, the West Broad Street YMCA indicated they might be interested, Greenbrier indicated they might be interested," Johnson said. "For us these are community partners who already deal with youth. So we don't need to reinvent the wheel, we need to help work with people with expertise in the things they do to help us do what we need to do, which in the end is all about young people."

The second reading was on Thursday, and Johnson acknowledged there might be too many questions to move forward.

The amendment was eventually tabled at Thursdays's City Council meeting.

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