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.
What’s New
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.

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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