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12/6/11: FULL COUNCIL TABLES FURTHER ACTION
ON THE CURFEW
(see Latest Developments for details)
Expedited Bill 25-11 (which can be read in full: http://www.montgomerycountymd.gov/content/council/pdf/bill/2011/Packets/20110712_7-1.pdf) would:

  • Penalize people under the age of 18 who are hanging out in public areas after 11 PM on weekdays and 12 AM on weekends (i.e. no more midnight movie premieres or concerts). Penalties are still being decided, but could include mandatory community service.
  • Require the parent of a teenager who was detained to attend parenting classes.
  • Hold businesses liable if they have minors in their buildings after curfew hour.
Thanks to forceful and effective youth advocacy this summer and fall (see the Facebook event that started it all), the original bill was amended to address some of its most glaring flaws (read Recommended amendments to Bill 25-11, Offenses - Curfew - Established )
 
Still, the proposed curfew harasses teens, parents, and businesses without doing anything to fix the problem it's supposed to address. 
Studies have shown that curfews do nothing to reduce crime. However, they do help worsen relationships between the police and youth, increase racial profiling, and give kids records for doing nothing more than being outside.

Crime is already decreasing in Montgomery County, so let's work together to continue that decrease in ways that don't target every teenager in the county.

This bill could pass unless we stand up and remind everyone that being a teenager is not a crime!

Go here to take action now!


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