Juvenile Justice

Denver SafeNite Curfew Program - Community Dialogue and Curfew Update

Background

Park Hill Collective Impact took the data from the curfew survey that was collected and put a PowerPoint presentation together to present to Department of Safety executives and decision makers. Recommendations provided as part of the presentation were to have a consistent time across the board to lessen confusion, communicate accurate information to students and parents, collaborate with community organizations to continue conversations about curfew, and to have consistent messaging. This sparked a continued conversation to include community voice and to look more closely at messaging and education around curfew.

Action

Park Hill Collective Impact supported Denver Public Schools, whom hosted a community dialogue with youth at STRIVE-Prep SMART, a school in southwest Denver in the Harvey Park neighborhood. Youth took time out of their weekend to learn about curfew and develop recommendations to better educate students and parents. Some of the recommendations that came out of this workgroup were to provide late night drop in centers and more pro-social activities during curfew hours, utilize curfew vans to transport kids home, and the need to develop an alternate way to hold youth to prevent the trauma of handcuffing.

Result

Denver Police Department reviewed patrolling policies to ensure curfew vans were patrolling all parts of the city. This has reduced the number of citations in some areas of the city that have traditionally seen a higher number of citations issued and has increased the number of citations in other areas. The overall number of citations is down compared with the same timeframe in 2018. Continued conversations with community are still a priority and the actual curfew ordinance will be updated through city counsel.

Curfew Citations per Summer (2018 & 2019)

Denver Department of Safety, 2019

Denver Population by Race, Children under 18 years

US Census 2017

Summer 2018 Curfew Citations by Race

Denver Department of Safety, 2018

Summer 2019 Curfew Citations by Race

Denver Department of Safety, 2019

Public Safety Youth Leadership Team - Safe City Youth Summit

Background

For the past 24 years the Public Safety Youth Leadership Team (PSYLT) has planned, organized ,and coordinated The Summit. The Summit’s agenda and workshops are developed, coordinated, and implemented by a 14-member team comprised of youth between the ages of 13 to 18 years of age. PSYLT is a youth run organization dedicated to improving the leadership skills of Denver’s youth while supporting and improving the community. The Summit’s mission is to create a safe forum for youth to discuss, address, and implement an ongoing youth partnership within the community. The summit event features a Keynote Speaker, roundtable discussion, interactive workshops on the latest hot topics as identified by the PSYLT, youth entertainment, DJ, breakfast/lunch and giveaways including scholarships.

Action

Park Hill Collective Impact was invited to talk on a workshop round table about how to included community voice in collecting data around the recent curfew reform actions taking place in their community. The workshop was called “#CURFEW, REALLY.” PHCI sat on a panel with Denver Chief of Police - Paul Pazen, Department of Public Safety - Michael Sapp, and Public Safety Youth Programs - Pat Hendrick. This was a result of presenting the PHCI curfew survey findings and continuing the conversation that was started to have consistent messaging and to educate students and parents on curfew laws.

Juvenile Justice - Curfew Reform

Background

Park Hill Collective Impact brainstormed unintended consequences surrounding the current curfew ordinance in Denver. Some of those unintended consequences were introducing juveniles to the criminal justice system, profiling juveniles based on appearance, and incurring an unexpected expense without taking into account home circumstances, leaving work late, or lack of transportation. As a result of the passionate juvenile justice work of the partners in Park Hill Strong, PHCI staff and youth met with Denver Police Department, Chief of Police - Paul Pazen to discuss concerns.

Data shows that hispanic and black juveniles are disproportionately targeted for these violations.

Denver Population by Race, Children under 18 years

US Census, 2017

Curfew Citations by Race

Denver Department of Safety, 2018

Action

Park Hill Collective Impact created a survey that asked questions about the understanding about curfew. The survey was distributed among our network which included schools, community, youth advocacy organizations, social media, friends, and family. The survey gathered 197 valid responses from 42 middle schools and high schools that encompassed the Denver Metropolitan Area. The survey found that there is a large education and communication gap regarding the specifics around curfew.

Takeaways

  • Most youth do not have a curfew at home

  • Most youth and parents don’t know the specifics around curfew

  • Most youth are unaware or unsure of where to find information about curfew

Result

Park Hill Collective Impact took the data that was collected and put a PowerPoint presentation together to present to Department of Safety executives and decision makers. Recommendations provided as part of the presentation were to have a consistent time across the board to lessen confusion, communicate accurate information to students and parents, collaborate with community organizations to continue conversations about curfew, and to have consistent messaging. This sparked a continued conversation to include community voice and to look more closely at messaging and education around curfew.