ACLU of Maryland Bashes Baltimore’s New Youth Curfew

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Baltimore's Youth Curfew
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Baltimore City’s newly instituted youth curfew is one of the toughest in the country. Its strictness even caught the attention of New York Times. The paper of record compared Baltimore’s curfew with those of other cities and noted fears about selective enforcement.

The piece prompted a letter from the American Civil Liberties Union of Maryland, which ran Sunday Times. The organization slammed the curfew as presenting “a false choice between helping youths and upholding the rights of parents and children.”

The ACLU of Maryland said the city ignored an alternative plan that had the endorsement of “a diverse coalition of community organizations” and which focused on “what actually works in supporting young people and the realities of police interactions with youths.”

The letter implies that the alternative plan included reopening recreation centers and investing more in housing and jobs programs.



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