Maryland - The City Council of Baltimore voted to create one of the most stringent government curfew systems in the nation. Under the new restrictions, youths will be legally permitted to appear in public for only a few hours per day.
Police may seize them on sight and take them to detention centers where they will be interrogated by social workers. Parents face stiff fines and jail time if their children are discovered in public during curfew hours.
The ordinance passed the city council in a 13-2 vote last week, in favor of enhancing Baltimore's curfew policies. Supporters championed it as a step forward for safety and order. But at what cost?
The restrictions can be summarized as follows:
Daytime CurfewWithout explicitly doing anything wrong, younger Americans can be scooped up by police officers and detained just for showing their faces in public. They will be involuntarily taken to juvenile detention centers which the city affectionately calls "connection centers."
- 7:30 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. on weekdays - People under 16 years old subject to detention.
- 9:00 p.m. to 6:00 a.m. any night - People under 14 years old subject to detention.
- 10:00 p.m. to 6:00 a.m. on weekdays - People ages 14-16 subject to detention.
- 11:00 p.m. to 6:00 a.m. on weekends and summer nights - People ages 14-16 subject to detention.