Curfew Center opens tonight at Walnut St. YMCA

By Amy Cherry 4:37pm, July 31, 2013 - Updated 1:57pm, August 1, 2013
Walnut Street YMCA, the site of the Wilmington Curfew Center (Photo Courtesy of the Walnut Street YMCA/Facebook).
Starting Thursday night, youth will have a safe place to go after hours.

WDEL's Amy Cherry explains.

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The Curfew Center at the Walnut Street YMCA is an opportunity for kids violating curfew to avoid jail.

"Juveniles who are outside after curfew, we know that they're at an increased risk for becoming perpetrators or victims of crime," says Corporal Mark Ivey with Wilmington Police.

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Ivey says the kids, who often violate curfew are doing it as a result from problems at home.

"So the YMCA's going to be offering them programs, educating the juveniles and their parents, presenting them with programs designed to emphasize, communication, healthy relationships, and conflict resolution," says Ivey.

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The Curfew Center is open from 10 p.m. to 6 a.m. weekdays, for youth ages 13-17 and opens at midnight on weekends. It didn't open earlier this summer due to lack of funding.

Last summer, Ivey says they saw huge success at the Curfew Center.

"95 percent were not re-offenders, meaning they were not found to be in violation of curfew laws again," Ivey says.

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Parents have to pick their kids up from the curfew center. If they are repeat offenders they'll be issued a criminal summons and face fines.

The Curfew Center is funded by the state Kids Department.

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