Caddo Parish District Attorney James E. Stewart Sr. is putting parents on notice that he plans to enforce curfew laws.
Parents whose children commit a crime during curfew hours will be prosecuted on charges of improperly supervising a minor.
In Shreveport, children and teens younger than 17 aren't supposed to be outdoors between 10 p.m. and 5 a.m. except on Fridays and Saturdays, when curfew starts at midnight. Other towns in Caddo Parish have similar curfew ordinances.
Louisiana law also bans drivers under age 17 from driving 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.
Parents convicted of improperly supervising a minor face a sentence of one month in jail, a $250 fine and 40 hours of community service.
Parents with children who habitually break rules and are ungovernable can try to get help from the Volunteers of Youth Justice. Click here to visit their website.