Indianapolis considers 11pm curfew for teens

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Indianapolis leaders are considering a curfew change for teens in the city.

Monday night, an Indianapolis City-County Councilor will introduce an ordinance that would move up the city's curfew for 15- to 17-year-olds by two hours to 11:00 pm on weekends.

The proposal is backed by Indianapolis Mayor Greg Ballard and IMPD Police Chief Rick Hite and comes less than a week after city officials launched a formal anti-violence initiative.

Under Indy's current curfew law, teens are allowed to stay out until 1:00 am on Saturdays and Sundays.

Republican Jeff Miller and Democrat Vop Osili are the councilors behind it. Miller says the intent is to crack teen violence, especially downtown and near shopping centers.

It's a problem that heats up in summer but takes place year-round. A year ago in February, gunfire erupted outside Circle Center Mall following an argument. It involved teens and took place late at night. The curfew is meant to address incidents like that one.

"My feeling is when you reach that hour of the night, there's nothing productive happening. When you're in that age group, a large group wandering around, nothing good happens. When I looked at other cities, I couldn't find another one with a 1:00 am curfew," said Jeff Miller (R-City-County Council.)

He says it's something IMPD has wanted. The mayor and police chief both support the plan. But before taking it to the council, Miller says they hope to hold some public meetings. They want hear from parents, teens and businesses.