Caddo Parish District Attorney James E. Stewart Sr. issues a warning that parents whose children have committed a crime during curfew hours can and will be prosecuted for the crime of improper supervision of a minor.

Shreveport city ordinance restricts outdoor activities for all juveniles under the age of 17 between 10 p.m. and 5 a.m. daily, except on Fridays and Saturdays, where the curfew begins at midnight. In other words, with certain limited exceptions, those 17 and under must be home by 10 p.m. on weekdays and by midnight on weekends. Other municipalities within the parish have similar curfew regulations.

The parents of juveniles who committed an offense during those curfew hours, upon conviction for improper supervision of a minor, face a sentence of up to one month in jail, a $250 fine, and 40 hours of community service.

District Attorney Stewart also reminds parents that under Louisiana law, drivers under age 17 cannot drive between 11 p.m. and 5 a.m. unless they are accompanied by a licensed parent or guardian, a licensed adult over age 21, or a licensed sibling aged 18 or older.