Baltimore City Officials Explain Lack Of Curfew Enforcement

What’s happening?

Despite several instances of youth involved in violent crime, Baltimore police are not enforcing a citywide curfew that has been in effect for years, Rebecca Pryor reports for WBFF.

Why is the police department not enforcing the curfew? 

Baltimore City Police Commissioner Michael Harrison told WBAL radio that logistical challenges impede the department’s ability to enforce the existing curfew. “Do we have a place to bring the curfew violators? What’s the timeline? How do we track parents down? How long can they stay there,” Harrison said.

City Councilman Antonio Glover said that a curfew would not be effective, as much of the crime is occurring outside of the specified times already outlined in the existing law. The current curfew mandates children 13 and under remain inside from 9 p.m. to 6 a.m., and children ages 14 to 16 must be inside from 11 p.m. to 6 a.m. 

Anything else I should know? 

With summer approaching—and with it, an increase in crime—other cities like Milwaukee and Chicago have implemented curfews for the youth in their cities. 

You can read more here. 

Editorial Disclaimer: Reporting for this story was provided by the Annie E. Casey Foundation, and we thank them for their support. However, the findings and conclusions presented in this article does not necessarily reflect the opinions of the Foundation.

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