As the summer season kicks off, the city of Baltimore is implementing a youth curfew starting from
m to engage and protect the youth of Baltimore during the summer months.
The curfew primarily affects teenagers aged 14, 15, and 16, who are required to be indoors from 11 p.m. to 6 a.m. on weekends and holidays. For children aged 13 and younger, the curfew begins at 9 p.m. However, there are exceptions to the curfew. Children accompanied by their parents or guardians, as well as those traveling to or from a job or city-sponsored event, are not subject to the curfew restrictions.
Ensuring Safety and Engagement:
To enforce the curfew, non-law-enforcement city staff will concentrate their efforts on key areas such as the Inner Harbor, Fells Point, and Federal Hill. If young individuals are found outside during curfew hours, they will be encouraged to return home. Additionally, two late-night centers have been established to provide a safe and supervised environment for youths awaiting pickup. These centers, located at the CC Jackson Recreation Center and the Rita R. Church Community Center, offer various amenities including play areas, dining facilities, and sleeping areas.
Police Approach and Penalties:
Under the mayor's plan, police officers will focus primarily on groups of 10 or more young people. Identifications will not be demanded as a general practice, and pat-down searches will only occur if safety concerns arise. Police officers will refrain from engaging with the group until a youth connection worker is present. Verbal commands will be given to disperse the group.
In the event of curfew violations, a three-tiered penalty system is in place. The first offense will result in a written notice and warning, followed by a $50 fine or family counseling for the second offense. For a third offense, parents or guardians may face a fine of up to $500 or community service.