New Juvenile Judge Calls for Tougher Curfew and Truancy Enforcement, Laws

Newly installed Chattanooga Juvenile Court Judge Rob Philyaw intends to step up enforcement of youth curfews and truancy laws, Chattanoogan.com reports. At a speech yesterday to a local group, Philyaw said curfew enforcement has been "non-existent" and the situation is about the same for truancy. Philyaw also has undertaken an effort to rewrite the curfew ordinance and has presented a draft of proposed revisions to Mayor Andy Berke. Finally, Philyaw said the court is pursuing several initiatives to deal with these issues and is working with prosecutor Boyd Patterson, the former gang task force leader who has been assigned by the district attorney's office to work in Juvenile Court.