Circuit Judge Edmond Naman at Strickland Youth Center said that
while the nighttime curfew has had little effect on juvenile court, he expects
the daytime curfew to reduce truancy. Troubled students can sometimes see
suspension as a free ticket to wandering shopping malls or the streets.
“That will make suspension for a child more significant, when they are
having to stay home,” Naman said.
Most juvenile crimes — such as burglaries of empty houses or
shoplifting — happen during the day, he said.
of those juveniles are out of school because they’ve been suspended. During the
2008-09 school year, for example, 2,443 incidents occurred that ended with
Mobile County school system.
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How you can help
It's not up to adults and police to do something about youth violence. Adult solutions won't work by themselves. Youth can - and should - do something. If you want to start seeing changes in your school or where you live, here are some things that you should do:
- be aware there is a problem.
- recognize that violence affects everyone - anyone can be a victim.
- talk about violence with your friends and family - take a stand.
- don' t react to violence with more violence.
- get together - find ways to help stop violence in your school or where you live before it happens.
- if there's a youth council, get involved - help promote positive alternatives to youth and gang violence where you live.
- call or write your local media - let them know the positive alternatives to youth and gang violence where you live.
- learn the truth about violence in your community - don't let rumors run your life.
- remember that violent teens are a minority - don't let their actions speak for all youth.
The philosophy of the Strickland youth Center is that helping a troubled youth requires the active participation of the Childs entire family. Consistent with this philosophy, all treatment programs operated by the Center are designed to include the child’s family.
The total annual operating budget for the Strickland Youth Center is approximately 6.5 million dollars. It is funded by Mobile County, the City of Mobile, the Department of Youth Services and various grants the State of Alabama.
"We are fighting for
the hearts and souls
of our children.
It's a fight that only
can be won by
and fresh and
to building and
Edmond G. Naman