PRICHARD, Ala. (WALA) – Beginning on Sunday, August 17, 2014, at 12:01 a.m. the Prichard Police Department will begin enforcing Prichard’s Minor Curfew Ordinance.
According to the ordinance, minors under the age of 18 or who have not been emancipated by law are in violation of the curfew if they are not accompanied by a parent or legal guardian during certain hours of the day or night.
“This as a proactive way to prevent crime,” said Prichard Police Chief Michael Rowland. “In other words, one thing that we do know is that juveniles who are out roaming the streets during the day time hours when they otherwise should be in school are more likely to be involved in criminal activity.”
Eleine Polk, who has four daughters and 12 grandchildren, says it’s a good idea to enforce curfew hours.
“If they’re not in school it leads to some type of trouble. that’s why they need to be in school if they don’t want to be in school go to work,” she said. “For them to be home at 10 o’clock at night keeps them out of trouble.”
Any minor who is detained by police will be transported the City of Prichard Curfew Center, located at the Prichard Police Department Annex, at 117 Phillips Avenue.
Minors who are in violation of the city’s curfew ordinance can only be released to the parent or legal guardian.
The ordinance provides for various levels of fines including, but not limited to, issuing a verbal warning, fines or imprisonment.
The enforcement hours of the Curfew for Minors ordinance are as follows:
Night Time Curfew Hours
- 10:00 p.m. to 6:00 a.m. – Sunday through Thursday for the entire city except in the Downtown District.
- 10:00 p.m. to 5:00 a.m. – In the Downtown District (Lovejoy Loop East to South Wilson Avenue)
- 12:01 a.m. to 6:00 a.m. – Saturday and Sunday
Daytime Curfew Hours
- 9:00 a.m. to 2:30 p. m. – Monday through Friday during Mobile County Public School hours