Baltimore to Impose Curfew for Teens

Baltimore City Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake has taken a new approach to curbing city violence: a curfew.

Baltimore will make it a violation for a youth under 14 to be outside after 9 p.m., enforcing the strictest curfew for young people in America.

Those who are between 14 and 16 will be banned from being outside on school nights after 10 p.m. and on other nights after 11 p.m., The Baltimore Sun reports.

“This is not about criminalizing young Black children,” Rawlings-Blake said of the decision. “This is a city and we are going to make sure that we keep our kids safe.”

Police can take violators to a “curfew center,” and their parents could face a $500 fine.

“They should not be out there, and you should be honest about that,” Police Commissioner Anthony Batts argued.

The curfew will be enforced starting Aug. 8.