ACLU, others propose alternative to Baltimore curfew plans

BALTIMORE - The American Civil Liberties Union of Maryland along with other city youth advocacy groups have proposed an alternative to Baltimore's plans to expand the city's curfew for children. 

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The ACLU alternative would increase the number of activities available to the city’s youth, appropriately utilize the tools that are already available to the city, identify and assess “target populations” to better specifically accommodate the needs of the region and revamp youth connection centers to make them more welcoming, according to the release.

"Forcing all Baltimore youth indoors under an expanded set of curfew laws has little to do with making sure that the city is working with communities, families and youth to improve services and programs for youth," said Sonia Kumar, ACLU of Maryland staff attorney. "Because the needs and challenges of young people vary dramatically, the 'one-size-fits-all' approach of expanding the youth curfew is not an effective way to identify youth in need, reduce delinquency, or connect youth to services."

To learn more about the alternate plan, please visit the American Civil Liberties Union of Maryland’s website

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