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Starting next month, young people in Baltimore will be subject to one of the strictest curfews in the nation. The curfew imposes a tiered system that bars some youth from the streets as early as 9 p.m. during the summer. Baltimore's law follows similar moves by U.S. cities scarred by high-profile violence. But youth advocates say that past curfews imposed in Baltimore, the D.C. metro region and beyond violate rights, subject parents to unfair scrutiny, and don't deter crime. Kojo explores the public safety and civil rights questions behind keeping kids indoors at night.
FBI data suggest there was a slight uptick in violent crime in the first half of last year, but overall violent crime rates in the U.S. have dropped dramatically over the last twenty years. What led to the long-term decline, and why do some say it’s likely to continue?