|From the Reporter|
|The Touted Program|
|Since 2008, police have been conducting monthly sweeps across inner-city neighborhoods and arresting hundreds of kids violating San Diego’s 10 p.m. curfew. Most of the kids are sent to crime diversion classes instead of court or jail.|
|The Big Question|
|Despite conducting the sweeps for nearly four years, police have never conducted a full analysis to see if the program reduces crime. Citing anecdotes or isolated statistics, police say the sweeps are already effective.|
|Police have begun looking at old arrest records to evaluate different crime diversion classes, but this new effort won’t reveal whether the program has deterred kids from breaking curfew or other laws again.