City Curfew Law

New Curfew Law in Brief

Daytime Curfew

·         No young person under the age of 16 may be in a public place between the hours of 7:30 AM and 3 PM on any school day

o   Exceptions:

§  The young person has written proof from school authorities excusing attendance at the particular time

§  The young person is accompanied by a parent or an adult

§  The young person is travelling to and from school

Night Time Curfew

·         Young Persons Under 14 years old

o   May not be in a public place between the hours of 9 PM and 6 AM

·         Young Persons who are 14 years old but less than 17 year old

o   From 12:01 AM of the Friday before Memorial Day to Midnight of the last Sunday in August

§   May not be in a public place between the hours of 11 PM and 6 AM

o   From Midnight of the last Sunday in August to 12:01 AM of the Friday before Memorial Day

§  May not be in a public place

·         Between 11 PM on Friday and 6 AM on Saturday

·         Between 11 PM on Saturday and 6 AM on Sunday

·         Between 10 PM and 6 AM any other day of the week

o   Exceptions

§  The young person is accompanied by a parent

§  The young person is exercising their First Amendment Rights, such as exercise of religion, free speech, or the right of assembly

§  In a motor vehicle involved in interstate travel

§  Engaged in employment or returning home from employment without any detour or stop

§  Involved in an emergency

§  The young person is on the sidewalk of their residence or the next to the residence of a next-door neighbor, if the neighbor did not complain to the police about their presence

§  Attending or without any detour or stop going to or returning from an official school, religious, or other recreational activity supervised by adults and sponsored by the City of Baltimore, a civic organization, or a similar entity that takes responsibility for the young person

·         Important Facts

o   The young person will not be handcuffed at any time during the interaction

o   In most instances the young person will be transported in a PAL van or other unmarked vehicles

o   THIS IS NOT AN ARREST

o   In the case of a Day Time Curfew violation the youth will be transported to his or her school or home

o   The youth’s parent will be informed of their child’s violation and appropriate measures will be taken to provide wraparound services to reduce the probability of the youth violating curfew again

o   In the case of a Night Time Curfew violation the youth will be transported to a Youth Connection Center where they will be provided a safe, engaging, and healthy environment including recreational activities to wait for parents or guardians

o   If by 4 AM the next morning, no parent, adult brother, adult sister, aunt, uncle, or grandparent can be located or no one comes to take charge of the young person, he/she will be taken home, if parents or guardians have been contacted by phone, or referred to the custody of the Baltimore City Department of Social Service (DSS)

o   If the child is under 13 years old, upon arrival at a Youth Connection Center, the child will be referred to Baltimore City DSS.

For more information on the New Curfew Law contact: curfew@baltimorecity.gov

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