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.