(PHILADELPHIA) May 27, 2021 – Today, Councilmember Katherine Gilmore Richardson (At Large) introduced a bill reforming Philadelphia’s minor curfew law. The changes include simplifying the curfew times to make them easier to understand, removing all punitive fines, and changing the requirements that young people must be taken to a police district. Councilmember Gilmore Richardson has been working closely with the Office of Children and Families, the Department of Human Services, and the Philadelphia Police Department to reform curfew requirements and establish evening resource centers, safe spaces where minors who violate curfew can be taken to be connected to support services.
“Young people are being caught up in gun violence and other dangerous activity far too often, and we need to create systems to intervene and provide resources earlier,” said Councilmember Katherine Gilmore Richardson. “Reforming the curfew law by simplifying times, removing fines, and connecting young people and families to social services will help us keep kids safe and address the potential underlying challenges that often lead to young people being out late. My colleagues and I are looking at how young people get caught up in dangerous situations and working to reform the systems that lead to juvenile justice involvement or criminal activity. This bill and the new evening resource centers will help us connect more children and families to resources early and keep them off the street. I want to thank Deputy Mayor Cynthia Figueroa, Commissioner Kimberly Ali, and Deputy Commissioner Joel Dales for their partnership to quickly establish these centers, and I look forward to our continued work together to support youth and young people.”
Read the bill: CM Gilmore Richardson Minor Curfew Bill