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Recently, my 18 year old son went to court for a possession for the purposes of trafficking (P.P.T.) charge.

His mother and I have been divorced for the last three years; and she told me that the judge has put him on a curfew which requires him to be in the house between the hours of 10pm and 6am for one full year, and that the the police may check-up on him.

When she told me this I hit the roof. I wanted him to go to a "Scared Straight!" Program; but after some internet research, found that it could make the situation worse. I was wondering if there was any similar statistically backed research done on the effectiveness of curfews as was done on the Sacared Straight! Program?

closed as primarily opinion-based by anongoodnurse Apr 15 '18 at 17:07

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    I'm not sure this is something we can answer. Certainly staying at home at night could help some people to go to school and avoid trouble. If this works for your son and of he will abide by the court decision we can't tell you – Batavia Apr 15 '18 at 8:39
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    Ask yourself if the reason your son was in court has anything to do with him being out late. If yes, maybe the judge is onto to something. If no, ask the judge for an explanation. – Michael_B Apr 15 '18 at 9:28
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    Judges will impose lenient sentences if they feel the perpetrator was being a stupid kid. How effective they are is a function of the recipient's appreciation of the leniency and the likely future consequences – pojo-guy Apr 15 '18 at 12:43
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    The answers to this will almost certainly be primarily opinion based. The law doesn't help people who don't respect it. Curfews are usually placed for anyone on probation for almost any reason. Do they work? Like I said: opinion. You might ask this question over on Law.SE, but I can't say if it's on topic there. – anongoodnurse Apr 15 '18 at 17:07
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    @Michael_B - I think it's unlikely the judge would speak to a parent, or that's all they'd be doing all day. However, asking the kid's lawyer might help to understand the legal system. – anongoodnurse Apr 15 '18 at 17:09

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