Iowa City Police Say 21-Only Bar Law Has Reduced Crime

Bar goers stand outside the Airliner in Iowa City just after 10 P.M., Friday May 13, 2011. The Airliner, is one of several establishments in Iowa City with an exception from the over 21 ordinance.. (Becky Malewitz/SourceMedia Group News)

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By Richard Pratt

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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