The City of Baltimore has taken a brazen step in its efforts to curb violence by youth in the city.
On Monday, the council voted in favor of a highly debated “curfew” law that demands young people are off the street as early as 9p.m.
A previous law was more lenient in allowing youth under the age of 17 years be out until 11p.m. on weekdays and by midnight on the weekend. But now, the new legislation – which passed by a vote of 13-2, specifies times by age group and pushes the previous time up by two hours in some cases.
With the new legislation, children under the age of 14 must be off the streets by 9 p.m., while teens ages 14-16 must be inside by 10 p.m. on school nights and 11 p.m. on non-school nights.
As expected, this is a law that did not sit well with everyone. The youth clearly hate it, but the pros and cons are put forth in a way that shows it as a step towards the goal rather than the solution to the problem.