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Dragun Defense #011: A Maryland county issues curfew to combat juvenile crime

September 6, 2022


Prince George's County Police Car: Juveniles in Prince George’s County, Maryland, must abide by a new curfew.
Prince George's County Police Car: Juveniles in Prince George’s County, Maryland, must abide by a new curfew.

New Curfew

Prince George's County, a Maryland county just outside of Washington, D.C., will impose a curfew on residents under the age of 17 for the next month, marking the county's latest effort to combat rising juvenile crime rates. According to the curfew announced Monday, juveniles in Prince George's County must be home between 10 p.m. and 5 a.m. on Sundays through Thursdays, and between midnight and 5 a.m. on Fridays and Saturdays. The curfew is the county's first in nearly three decades, and it comes in response to a spike in juvenile crime rates, which contributed to the county's single deadliest month on record.


Dangerous Children

“I’m just going to put it very bluntly: Somebody has got to take responsibility for these armed and dangerous children. And it’s not just the police and not just the government,” County Executive Angela Alsobrooks said during a press conference on Monday. “We have children who are out in our communities at 3 a.m. and 4 a.m. committing these crimes. No summer job or government program is going to help that.”


The curfew will be enforced through a local ordinance passed in November 1995, which allows law enforcement to detain minors or fine them if they repeatedly violate the law. There are some exceptions, such as when a juvenile is with a parent, working late, or married. According to Alsobrooks, approximately 430 juveniles have been arrested in Prince George's County this year, nearly doubling the number reported at this time last year. Eighty-four of those arrested were charged with carjackings, with approximately 65% having a prior record. August was also the county’s deadliest month ever recorded, Alsobrooks said, with the police department investigating 24 murders. Other offenses, such as nonfatal shootings and illegal gun possession, are also up.


Where are the parents?

“I know this isn’t the popular thing to say, but the truth of the matter is, it’s a fair question: Where are their parents? Where are the aunties? Where are the uncles and other family members who are responsible for them?” Alsobrooks said.


The curfew is scheduled to remain in effect for the month of September, and it’s unclear whether the county will take steps to extend it beyond that date.


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