From the Reporter
What Did VOSD Find?
Our data analysis challenges the claim that San Diego’s curfew sweeps are responsible for a reduction in juvenile crime. Law enforcement officials have reported equal or better results in places without the city’s unique program.
What’s a Curfew Sweep?
One of San Diego’s most heralded crime fighting programs is often called a collaborative curfew sweep. Once or twice a month, police swarm inner-city neighborhoods and arrest minors out past 10 p.m.
Why Evaluate Curfew Sweeps?
When pushed to justify the value of these additional arrests, police and elected leaders have repeatedly claimed the program reduces violent crime involving minors. By removing kids from the streets, police argue, kids are less likely to become victims or perpetrators of crime.
Still, police have never conducted a full analysis of the program’s impact on crime. They’ve only cited citywide crime statistics or anecdotal stories about the impact on select children or families to back up the program’s overall merits.
Read more about how we did our analysis.

Dagny Salas

Dagny Salas was web editor at Voice of San Diego from 2010 to 2013. She was an investigative fellow at VOSD from 2009 to 2010.

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