Baltimore City Just Got ‘One of the Toughest Curfew Laws in the Country’

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The Baltimore City Council just passed a new youth curfew law that WJZ is calling “one of the toughest…in the country.” It will require children under the age of 14 to be indoors by 9 p.m. Teens between 14 and 16 will need to be in by 10 p.m. (11 p.m. on weekends.)

Children who violate the curfew will be taken to “curfew centers” where their parents, who may face fines, will pick them up. Supporters of the curfew, which passed 11-2, say it is for teens’ own good.

Baltimore People’s Power Assembly was a loud voice of opposition to the tightening of the curfew and showed up to Monday’s City Council meeting to protest it. The group sees the law as “the criminalization of youth” — and parents — and say the real problems are the closing of recreation centers, the jobless rate, education, and “police terror.”

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