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Juvenile Curfew Enforcement Pilot Program

On September 1, the District launched an Enhanced Juvenile Curfew Enforcement Pilot to ensure that young people are safe and to proactively connect youth and families with critical support and services. 

What are curfew hours in the District?  
Curfew hours for those under 17 in the District of Columbia are Sunday through Thursday from 11:00 p.m. to 6:00 a.m., and Saturday and Sunday from 12:01 a.m. to 6:00 a.m. Per District of Columbia code, a minor commits an offense if they remain in any public place or on the premises of any establishment within the District of Columbia during curfew hours. Several actions by minors are permissible during curfew hours and are listed here

What happens when the Metropolitan Police Department (MPD) encounters a youth that will not go home and is violating curfew?  
MPD will first try to get the youth to go home. If that is not successful, if a youth is encountered in one of the focus areas, MPD brings youth to Department of Youth Rehabilitation Services (DYRS). DYRS will work to connect with the youth’s parents for pickup and monitor the child until they can be reconnected with a parent or guardian.
 
How is the pilot different than standard curfew enforcement? 
Typically, when MPD encounters a youth in violation of curfew, an officer brings the youth to an MPD District station, where the officer remains with the youth until a parent or guardian is located. In the pilot enforcement focus areas, MPD is bringing the youth to DYRS instead of a District station, allowing MPD officers to return to patrol during critical overnight hours and DYRS is then able to connect with youth and families who may need services and support.   
 
What are the seven focus areas included in the Enhanced Juvenile Curfew Enforcement Pilot? 
MPD District 1: Chinatown and Navy Yard 
MPD District 3: U Street area 
MPD District 3: Howard University/Banneker 
MPD District 4: 14th Street between Otis and Spring Road, NW 
MPD District 4: 4000 Georgia Avenue, NW 
MPD District 6: 4400-4600 Benning Rd, SE 
MPD District 7: 1300 Congress Street, SE  
 
How were these seven focus areas selected?  
Focus areas were selected by MPD and are areas that experienced a substantial increase in the number of young people involved in criminal conduct such as robberies or carjackings. 
 

What is the latest data related to the number of youth engaged in this pilot program?  

 

Total number of youth MPD transferred to DYRS custody that were in violation of curfew

Number of youth released to parent/guardian from DYRS custody

Number of youth released to CFSA from DYRS custody

Number of youth released to MPD from DYRS custody

Saturday, September 2 (12:01 a.m.) through Monday, September 4 at 6 a.m.

Four

Four

Zero

Zero

Monday, September 4 through Monday, September 11 at 6 a.m.

Three

Two

One

Zero

Monday, September 11 through, Monday, September 18 at 6 a.m.

Nine

Seven

One

One

Monday, September 18 through, Monday, September 25 at 6 a.m.

One

One

Zero

Zero

Monday, September 25 through, Monday, October 2 at 6 a.m.

Two

Zero

One

One

Monday, October 2 at 6 a.m. through, Monday, October 9

Three

Three

Zero

Zero

Monday, October 9 at 6 a.m. through, Monday, October 16 at 6 a.m.

Zero

Zero

Zero

Zero

Monday, October 16 at 6 a.m. through, Monday, October 23 at 6 a.m.

Five

Three

Zero

Two

Monday, October 23 at 6 a.m. through, Monday, October 30 at 6 a.m.

Two

One

One

Zero

Monday, October 30 at 6 a.m. through, Monday, November 6 at 6 a.m.

One

Zero

One

Zero

Monday, November 6 at 6 a.m. through, Monday, November 13 at 6 a.m.

Two

One

One

Zero

Monday, November 13 at 6 a.m. through, Monday, November 20 at 6 a.m.

Two

Two

Zero

Zero

Monday, November 20 at 6 a.m. through, Monday, November 27 at 6 a.m.

Five

Two

Three

Zero

Monday, November 27 at 6 a.m. through, Monday, December 4 at 6 a.m.

Two

Two

Zero

Zero

Monday, December 4 at 6 a.m. through, Monday, December 10 at 6 a.m.

Two

One

One

Zero

Monday, December 10 at 6 a.m. through, Monday, December 17 at 6 a.m.

One

One

Zero

Zero

Monday, December 17 at 6 a.m. through, Monday, December 25 at 6 a.m.

Two

One

Zero

One

Monday, December 25 at 6 a.m. through, Monday, January 1 at 6 a.m.

Three

Three

Zero

Zero

Monday, January 1 at 6 a.m. through, Monday, January 8 at 6 a.m.

Zero

Zero

Zero

Zero

Monday, January 8 at 6 a.m. through, Monday, January 15 at 6 a.m.

One

Zero

One

Zero

Monday, January 15 at 6 a.m. through, Monday, January 22 at 6 a.m.

Zero

Zero

Zero

Zero

Monday, January 22 at 6 a.m. through, Monday, January 29 at 6 a.m.

Three

Two

One

Zero

Monday, January 29 at 6 a.m. through, Monday, February 5 at 6 a.m.

Four

Three

Zero

One

Monday, February 5 at 6 a.m. through, Monday February 12 at 6 a.m.

Zero

Zero

Zero

Zero

Monday, February 12 at 6 a.m. through, Monday February 19 at 6 a.m.

Zero

Zero

Zero

Zero

Monday, February 19 at 6 a.m. through, Monday February 26 at 6 a.m.

Four

One

Three

Zero

Total:

61

40

15

6

 

What District agencies are participating in the pilot? 
The pilot program includes support from MPD, DYRS, Child and Family Services Agency (CFSA), Department of Behavioral Health (DBH), and Department of Human Services (DHS). 
 
What additional supports and services are available for youth and their families?  
Mayor Bowser has prioritized investment in youth services across District government and encourages youth and their families to take advantage of these offerings, including: 

DYRS Achievement Centers 

  • The DYRS Achievement Centers provide youth with free access to support, resources, and social opportunities designed to develop their strengths and confidence, in addition to free meals. 

  • Programs include life skills training, mentorship opportunities, vocational skills training, work readiness and job placement, community service and more. 

  • Achievement Centers are located in Chinatown and Anacostia. 

CFSA Family Success Centers 

  • Serving families in Wards 5, 7, and 8, CFSA’s Family Success Centers offer programs to help families thrive and build on positive skills. 

  • Programs include nutrition workshops, professional development training, stress management, and parenting classes. 

  • Interested families can visit cfsa.dc.gov/page/families-first-dc to learn more. 

DHS Parent and Adolescent Support Services (PASS) 

  • The PASS program assists youth who are currently in crisis, skipping school, violating curfew, leaving home, and/or experiencing extreme family conflict. 

  • Functional Family Therapy, community-based services, and more are used to address these behaviors. 

  • Interested families should email [email protected] or call (202) 698-4334 for more information. 

DBH Mental Health Hotline 

  • DBH operates a 24/7 mental Health Hotline to support District residents of all ages who need assistance. 

  • Trained mental health specialists are provided at no costs to assist with depression, anxiety, or other mental health issues. 

  • Families experiencing a mental health crisis can contact the hotline at (888) 793-4357 

DBH Children and Adolescent Mobile Psychiatric Service (ChAMPS) 

  • ChAMPS provides on-demand psychiatric services to families when youth ages 6-18 are experiencing a behavioral health crisis. 

  • Families in need of support should call (202) 481-1440 

Department of Parks and Recreation (DPR) Youth Development & Out-of-School Time Programs 

  • Recreational programs for District youth include athletic programs in soccer, gymnastics, competitive swim, tennis, and basketball. 

  • Additionally, DPR’s Supreme Teens program focuses on teen development and enrichment. 

  • Interested families can view a full catalog of programs and activities by visiting dprprograms.com