St. Landry

Jan 24, 2013 1:59 PM by Tonya LaCoste

Public hearing for curfew for minors in Washington

A public hearing about the town of Washington's curfew for minors has been delayed until the February town council meeting. The hearing was scheduled for this month, but it was rescheduled after members realized it wasn't properly advertised. Although the hearing was advertised, the notification failed to say what the hearing was about.

Under the proposed ordinance, minors would face a penalty for breaking curfew. There is no punishment under the current ordinance. The proposed ordinance would put a curfew in effect for minors from 8 p.m. - 5 a.m. Sunday through Thursday and 10 p.m. - 5 a.m. If the ordinance passes, minors with a first offense against them would be required to participate in eight to 16 hours of community service and the parent or guardian would receive a $25 fine. Community service would increase to 16-32 hours for a second offense, and the fine would increase to $50 fine. A minor would be considered a delinquent for a third offense and any subsequent violation and could be charged with a misdemeanor. The minor could be put in the custody of The Department of Youth Services and sentenced to not more than 90 days.

The public hearing is Feb. 18.



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