Author ORCID Identifier


Date of Award

Fall 12-13-2023

Degree Type


Degree Name

Master of Arts (MA)


Political Science

First Advisor

Toby Bolsen

Second Advisor

Charles Hankla

Third Advisor

Peter Lindsay


This thesis aims to analyze how juvenile curfew laws in Metro Atlanta affect juveniles compared to case studies in the literature. The research focuses on 11 Metro Atlanta counties with and without these laws. This study is primarily qualitative and designed to draw attention to the makeup of juvenile curfew laws, potential consequences, and how the situation in Metro Atlanta may differ from other regions. By utilizing data on juvenile crime and victimization sourced from the Georgia Bureau of Investigations Crime Statistics Database, in tandem with the language of each curfew law, this study explores the potential impacts of these laws. This qualitative study provides the framework for a larger study on curfew laws in Georgia and explores the importance of evidence-based policymaking when legislating on juvenile issues.


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