Iowa City Police Say 21-Only Bar Law Has Reduced Crime
IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) — Iowa City officials say a 21-only ordinance passed in 2010 has reduced crime.
The Iowa City Police Department says the data released Thursday shows at least 1,300 fewer calls for alcohol-related crimes between 2010 and 2013 compared to three years prior to the ban.
City officials say the data is aimed at voters who will decide on Nov. 5 whether to retain or repeal the ordinance, which prohibits people under 21 from entering most bars after 10 p.m.
The Iowa City Press-Citizen reports the data shows citywide calls related to sexual assault and rape, burglary, assault, intoxication and other crimes have dropped.
Organizers filed a petition with more than 2,600 valid signatures to call for the city council to repeal the ban or to send a referendum to voters.
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