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CLINTON - Town leaders extended a measure to reduce crime even though some groups call it imprisonment of residents.

"We looked at the numbers, and it's like 60 percent less crime," Clinton Police Chief Fredrick Dunn said.

Dunn, the town's mayor and council agreed to put a curfew in place from 11 p.m. to 6 a.m. starting May 30th and planned to end it on July 31st.

In May before the curfew, three burglaries were reported and since the town's had none, said Dunn.

"We've given about sixty seven warnings," he said.

At Wednesday's town council meeting, extending the curfew until August 14th passed unanimously.

"I just wish that people didn't think the answer to a crime problem that may exist to impose what amounts to a police state," Louisiana ACLU Executive Director Marjorie Esman said.

Other towns have enforced a blanket curfew, been sued and lost, she said.

"It would be very unwise for them to extend this curfew to force their residents to essentially become prisoners of their own homes," Esman said.

But Dunn still wants the curfew because citizens cheer it and he's heard nothing from the ACLU, he said.

"I haven't got one call one letter or anything from them," Dunn said.



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