This post was contributed by a community member. The views expressed here are the author's own. On a recent Tuesday afternoon, more than impassioned residents of Montgomery County packed the to have a say in what's becoming a region-wide debate over curfew laws.
Curfew Curfews have reemerged recently as a popular option for policymakers in their efforts to deter juvenile victimization and delinquency. Imposed on and off since the turn of the century, curfews tend to receive increased attention when there is a perceived need for more stringent efforts at social control. For example, curfew ordinances were originally enacted in the 's to decrease crime among immigrant youth.
The new curfew took effect on Friday night. Youth advocates in the city agree there is a problem with juvenile delinquency, but say a curfew is not the solution. Curfew laws have long pitted youth advocates against policymakers and divided parents and residents.
Let friends in your social network know what you are reading about. The governor of Maryland declared a state of emergency Monday after the streets of Baltimore erupted in violence after the funeral for an African-American man who died of injuries he sustained while in police custody. A link has been sent to your friend's email address. A link has been posted to your Facebook feed.
This summer at least one city—Austin—has decided not to sound the alarm. Police Chief Brian Manley was persuaded, and asked the City Council to rescind the juvenile curfew law. Juvenile curfew laws are ubiquitous and deeply entrenched.
Shortly before the planned 10 p. The declaration of success draws attention to one of the stranger things about curfews: the word has two similar but in practice very separate meanings. This could have served several purposes: it lowered the risk of a spreading fire, it got townspeople who congregated around public fires to go home and it was a useful tactic in times of trouble.
Patrick Alejandro for TRW. A strict curfew was enforced for all non-essential personnel from 10 p. Some do not realize that Baltimore already had, and continues to enforce, one of the strictest curfews in place for young people, and an earlier last call for bars and clubs than other cities.
The Memorial Day weekend incident — in which six were arrested for destruction of property and disorderly conduct — marks at least the fourth time since last summer that a large group of youths has been implicated in rowdy, public behavior around the region. In each situation, police charged a number of juveniles with crimes. But the fallout from these incidents has lasted long after the crowds of teenagers dispersed.
A curfew is an order specifying a time during which certain regulations apply. Such an order may be issued by public authorities but also by the head of a household to those living in the household. For instance, an au pair is typically given a curfew, which regulates when they must return to the host family's home in the evening.
Baltimore will impose one of the strictest curfews in the country this summer in a bid to curb rising violence, drawing criticism from residents, public-safety experts and civil-rights advocates. Under the bill — approved by the city council and expected to get Democratic Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake's signature — children under 14 would need to be home by 9 p. Teens 14 to 16 years old would have a curfew of 10 p. The bill also imposes a daytime curfew during school hours — a.