The second of two town hall forums to discuss changes to Baltimore City curfew legislation is expected to take place Tuesday night.
The law changes require children under age 14 be accompanied by an adult between 9 p.m. and 6 a.m. all year.
Teens between the ages of 14 and 16 must be accompanied by an adult between 10 p.m. and 6 a.m. on weeknights during the school year and between 11 p.m. and 6 a.m. on weekends and during the summer.
During the daytime, the curfew will extend from 7:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. This change goes into effect in August.
“After one curfew violation, the young person's parents or guardians may be issued a civil citation or be required to attend family counseling with the child. If counseling sessions are not completed, or if a child has repeated violations of the curfew, the parents or guardians may be subject to a civil citation or a misdemeanor, which carries a fine of up to $500 and community service,” according to a release from the city.
Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake, Police Commissioner Anthony Batts, and other community leaders and public officials will participate in the curfew discussion and answer questions about the changes starting at 7 p.m. Tuesday, July 29 at the University of Baltimore Law Center, located at 1401 North Charles Street.
"I want to emphasize that our curfew ordinance is not a criminal enforcement by the Baltimore Police Department," said Mayor Rawlings-Blake in a statement. "My commitment to identifying and helping Baltimore's most vulnerable children involves getting them out of harm's way and into a safe environment. This new curfew legislation is about ensuring that our children are given the proper resources to prevent them from becoming the victims or perpetrators of violent crime."