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Summer Curfew Hours Begin July 1 in DC

Thursday, June 29, 2006

Summer Curfew Hours Begin July 1 in DC

MPD emphasizing curfew enforcement as a way to combat juvenile crime

The Metropolitan Police Department reminds young people and their families about changes in the District of Columbia's teen curfew during the summer months.
 
Beginning July 1, and continuing through August 31, the District's curfew for young people under the age of 17 begins at 12:01 am, seven days a week. This is an hour later than the weeknight curfew during the other 10 months of the year, when the teen curfew begins at 11 pm, Sunday through Thursday nights, and at 12:01 am on weekends.
 
Chief of Police Charles H. Ramsey said the MPD is stepping up curfew enforcement this summer as part of its overall strategy to combat juvenile involvement in crime -- as both offenders and victims. The Department has already processed more than 1,500 curfew violators so far this year, a 18 percent increase from the same period of 2005. Arrests of juveniles for robbery are up 78 percent this year in DC; juvenile arrests for weapons offenses have risen 35 percent.
 
Under the Juvenile Curfew Act of 1995, persons under the age of 17 cannot remain in or on a street, park or other outdoor public place, in a vehicle or on the premises of any establishment within the District of Columbia during curfew hours, unless they are involved in certain exempted activities. Exempted activities include work, school, religious, civic or organized recreational activities, as well as the exercise of First Amendment rights. DC's curfew law applies to all young people who are in the District during curfew hours, regardless of whether they live inside or outside the city.
 
Young people who repeatedly violate the curfew are subject to penalties that include up to 25 hours of community service. A parent or legal guardian who knowingly permits a minor to violate the law faces up to a $500 fine, community service or both.
 
Additional information about the District's curfew law, including resources for young people, is available on the MPD website: www.mpdc.dc.gov/curfew.