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The Communist League of Revolutionary Workers–Internationalist

“The emancipation of the working class will only be achieved by the working class itself.”
— Karl Marx

Prince George’s County Started a Curfew for Young People

Sep 12, 2022

Prince George’s County, Maryland, recently instituted a month-long curfew for those 17 and under. County executive Angela Alsobrooks claims this curfew—backed by civil penalties, including fines—will deter crime. Never mind that the peak times for juvenile crime are outside the times of the curfew! Alsobrooks takes no responsibility for the high rate of crime. Instead, she blames families and parents. Curfews have been used in the past and have never worked to curb crime. What is really going on here?

The spike in crimes—specifically, carjackings—started when the schools shut down during the pandemic, and students were locked-down in their homes. They were expected to learn online. Now test results have come back showing many children didn’t learn. No surprise there. They were cheated out of two years of learning. Now schools are re-opened and there are still no after-school activities for students.

A curfew does not begin to address the frustration, anger, and boredom that young people have been experiencing, before, during and after the pandemic. This so-called solution to crime may make some voters happy, but it solves nothing.