The Law: Punishing Parents

To the perils of parenthood, four Detroit-area communities have added the risk of 90 days in jail and a $500 fine. Mainly at the insistence of local police, Troy, West Bloomfield Township, Madison Heights and Pontiac have all recently enacted similar ordinances that hold parents responsible for preventing the sins of their children.

"It's a real hammer for our men," beams Police Chief Robert Richardson of Madison Heights. It's also a real headache for many parents. According to some of the new laws, if youngsters under 17 are merely accused of a juvenile offense, let alone convicted, their parents may be charged...

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