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D.C. becomes latest community with a curfew despite doubts that keeping kids at home will reduce crime

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Jasmine Goodman is one of the founders of TRAPP, which provides a safe space for kids to hang out and connect with social and educational supports. She hopes the District of Columbia's new curfew will keep kids safe. ( Katie Nicholson/CBC)

CBC, September 2023

Washington, D.C., arguably one of the most powerful cities in the world, has a major crime problem with violent crime skyrocketing 39 per cent over last year, according to police statistics. In an attempt to crack down on crime, a juvenile curfew was put into place this weekend, affecting teens and children in targeted neighbourhoods.

“I hope that this curfew thing makes a difference,” said Jasmine Goodman, a founder of Teaching Rambunctious Adolescents Peaceful Positude, or TRAPP Stars. The organization runs a drop-in centre that serves more than 40 young people a day, connecting them with social and educational supports. “I’ve lost a lot of youth over this past summer due to gun violence, senseless violence. So I’m praying that it works and I hope that the kids follow it,” she said.

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