Baltimore summer curfew center opens

Youths on street overnight are transported to facility

June 14, 2013|By Yvonne Wenger, The Baltimore Sun

Baltimore's Summer Curfew Center reopened Friday for the sixth season in an attempt to keep youths off the streets overnight, hold parents accountable and connect families to services, the mayor's office said.

The center, at 200 East North Ave., will be open Fridays and Saturdays from 11:30 p.m. to 4 a.m. through Aug. 25. Youths on the street after the city's weekend curfew of midnight may be brought to the center by police. Parents or guardians are contacted to come for their children.

Last summer, more than 500 youths were transported to the center for curfew violations. The youngest who entered the center was 6. Most were between the ages of 14 and 16.

Youths brought to the center are screened to see what services may be needed. The center is a partnership of the city schools, police and social services department and the state Department of Juvenile Services.

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