PS ITEM 3
Public Safety Committee
.0manda Mihill, Legislative Attornex..
Faden, Senior Legislative Attorney
Robert Drummer, Senior Legislative Attorney
Expedited Bi1l25-11, Offenses - Curfew- Established
Expedited Bill 25-11, Offenses - Curfew Established, sponsored by the Council President at the
request of the County Executive, was introduced on July 12, 2011. A public hearing was held on
July 26, at which speakers articulated strong positions for and against this Bill. See select
testimony and correspondence on ©85-91. The Public Safety Committee held a first
worksession on Bill 25-11 on September 15.
Bill 25-11 would establish a curfew for minors, prohibit certain activities during the curfew, allow
certain defenses, and specifY enforcement procedures and penalties. According to the County
Executive's transmittal memorandum, Bill 25-11 is intended to address issues relating to increased
gang activity, violence, and crime involving minors in the County. The Executive noted that Bill
25-11 is similar to current laws in Prince George's County and the District of Columbia.
Representatives from the District of Columbia and Prince George's County Police Departments are
expected to attend this worksession to discuss the experiences regarding the curfews in place in
Council staff sent a set of questions on Bill 25-11 to Executive staff requesting background
information, including crime statistics, information about potential alternatives, and effectiveness of
curfews in other jurisdictions. The Executive's responses are attached at ©22.1
Summary of Introduced Bill
As introduced, Bill 25-11 would establish a curfew for minors between 11 p.m. and 5 a.m. on
Sunday through Thursday and from 12:01 a.m. until 5 a.m. on Saturday and Sunday (©3, lines 32
34). During the curfew hours, a minor must not
in any County public place or
establishment (©4, lines 75-76). Executive staff confirmed that a minor could be cited for a curfew
violation only after a police officer has told the minor to move along and the minor refused. "Public
place" is defined as "a place to which the public, or a substantial group of the public, has access"
lWe did not reprint Executive attachments F and G because they were already in this packet.