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Curfew kicks in for kids in Baltimore

Saturday, August 09, 2014 - 01:13

A new youth curfew law, among the strictest in the nation, takes effect in Baltimore. Nathan Frandino reports.

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After 20 years, the kids of Baltimore can no longer stay out until midnight. A new curfew law is in effect that is among the strictest in the nation. Baltimore Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blakes. (SOUNDBITE) (English) BALTIMORE MAYOR STEPHANIE RAWLINGS-BLAKES SAYING: "They can be harmed, they can do harm to someone else and we're supposed to turn a blind eye to it? No." Children under 14 must be home by 9 p.m., 14 through 16 indoors by 10 p.m. on weekdays and 11 p.m. on weekends and during summer. Kids found after those hours will be taken to recreation centers until parents or guardians can pick them up. The city could also fine parents up to $500. Not everyone is on board. (SOUNDBITE) (English) TIFFANY SANFORD, MOTHER OF THREE, SAYING: "(They're) Criminalizing the parents instead of helping out in a community sense, providing another source for parents." (SOUNDBITE) (English) MICHAEL BONNER, 16-YEAR-OLD, SAYING: "A bad idea with good intentions." Baltimore has one of the highest rates of violent crime of any U.S. city making children especially vulnerable. The mayor says it's about their safety. (SOUNDBITE) (English) BALTIMORE MAYOR STEPHANIE RAWLINGS-BLAKES SAYING: "If it's after dark, you need to know where your kids are. It's common sense. My goal is to protect kids."

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Curfew kicks in for kids in Baltimore

Saturday, August 09, 2014 - 01:13