Juvenile Curfew Ordinance I am currently writing a paper arguing that the Juvenile Curfew Ordinance is unconstiutional, and an infringment on youth's rights with little evidence or support to back...

Juvenile Curfew Ordinance

I am currently writing a paper arguing that the Juvenile Curfew Ordinance is unconstiutional, and an infringment on youth's rights with little evidence or support to back its claim that is effectively curbs the youths' crime rate. I have all the information I need, I just am having a hard time creating a well-written and thorough thesis statment. Any guiders?

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vangoghfan | College Teacher | (Level 2) Educator Emeritus

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Here's a possibility: "Juvenile curfews are wrong because they rest on faulty assumptions, they produce few demonstrable benefits, they involve discrimination based solely on age, and, most significantly, they are unconstitutional."

I suspect, however, that they are not unconstitutional, since they are so widely practiced.

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mwestwood | College Teacher | (Level 3) Distinguished Educator

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In an argumentative essay, the writer must anticipate the counterarguments and be prepared to refute this.  Therefore, the arrangement and content of the thesis statement is extremely important.  Be certain that your thesis expresses you judgment (that which you can support), not your opinion.  The thesis, therefore, should be arranged as a cause/effect statement.  Post #6 has provided an example of this type of statement.  However, as it only provides one reason, you may need to have two more as most argumentative essays have a three part proof --one for each body paragraph).  Place your strongest argument in the first paragraph and move to the least in the last body paragraph.  Here is a link that may assist you.

http://www.enotes.com/topics/how-write-argumentative-essay

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literaturenerd | High School Teacher | (Level 2) Educator Emeritus

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I have to agree with stolperia. A precise and clear-cut thesis, in this case, would be the best for your paper. Your reader has no uncertainty about your stand or what the paper is going to say. Be sure to present the alternative (this will show your reader that you have weighed both sides and are making an educated decision).

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stolperia | (Level 1) Educator Emeritus

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It sounds like your thesis statement could read along the lines of, "Juvenile curfew ordinances are an unconstitutional infringement on the rights of young people because there evidence that such curfews effectively curb youth crime rates is inconclusive." Then your challenge would be, in following paragraphs, to present your evidence supporting your position.

Good luck doing so - I agree with others who have some disagreement with your thesis.

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Lorraine Caplan | College Teacher | (Level 1) Educator Emeritus

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If you have your arguments lined up, a thesis statement needs to simply state your position, that these curfews are unconstitutional, and then list the reasons for your position.  Because we have no idea what support you have for your position, we cannot help you craft that statement.

No matter what your reasoning is, you should bear in mind that there are instances in which our courts have not extended full Constitutional protection to minors, for example, in the area of free speech in some school contexts.

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litteacher8 | High School Teacher | (Level 3) Distinguished Educator

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One thing you will have to remember is that youth do not have the same rights as adults.  This is the main area you are going to run into problems with.  You can argue that the juvenile curfew encroaches on the constitutional rights of the adults.

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enotechris | College Teacher | (Level 2) Senior Educator

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It appears that such an ordinance is an example of age discrimination.

Assuming that a person under a certain age out at night is more likely to commit a crime than an older person out at night also appears to be prejudicial.  However, if a specific young person has been arrested numerous times at night committing crimes, I could see how a curfew could be imposed upon that criminally-minded individual, due to his or her prior actions.  To pass an ordinance to include all youth who may or may not have a criminal history is very poor policy.

A curfew so imposed is a violation of Rights, since you have a perfect right to be out and about at night. But the exercise of that Right ends (not the Right itself) when any individual commits crime at night, which is, in effect, violating the Rights of others.

 

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bullgatortail | High School Teacher | (Level 1) Distinguished Educator

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Good luck with your paper, and I'm sure you'll get some good feedback from other posts. But I support juvenile curfews (at least for children under the age of 16), for several reasons. First, there is no earthly reason for kids of that age to be on the streets on their own during late-night hours; and, secondly, I'm sure that such curfews DO curb juvenile crimes during those hours.

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dbrael | Student, Undergraduate | eNotes Newbie

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Thanks for the assistance the link provided helped in writing my essay, and some of the claims made in posts gave me further items to refute in my essay.

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dbrael | Student, Undergraduate | eNotes Newbie

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One thing you will have to remember is that youth do not have the same rights as adults.  This is the main area you are going to run into problems with.  You can argue that the juvenile curfew encroaches on the constitutional rights of the adults.

This is true, however in most cases the judicial system has a long precendent for people having full constituional rights regardless of age. In Tinker V. Des Moines School District the court ruled that students had the right to freedom of speech in schools, and in Missouri v. Danforth it directly stated that people have full constitutional rights regardless of age.

I believe that people few people care about the rights of others, they are primarily concerned with their rights, which correlates with the fact that they have made the presence of teens illegal at certain hours regardless of clear evidence that it is effective.

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