New Hampshire City Backs off Youth Curfew

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Officials in the city of Franklin, New Hampshire, have decided not to enforce a curfew on juveniles under 16 in the face of potential legal action by the New Hampshire Civil Liberties Union.

In a letter to civil liberties union legal director Gilles Bissonnette on Wednesday, Franklin's lawyer said the City Council "regrets" to announce it will not enforce the curfew that barred juveniles from being on city streets after 9 p.m. on weeknights and 11 p.m. on weekends.

The mayor and council members say they do not want Franklin residents to bear the cost of defending against a lawsuit.

Bissonnette said in a statement Wednesday that parents, not government officials, are in the best position to decide when children should be home. 

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