City Council to hold workshop on juvenile curfew

Photo by Jennifer Kimble
Bishop Arnold  to hold addresses Camden City Council members asking them to consider changing the juvenile curfew for youth safety.
Photo by Jennifer Kimble Bishop Arnold to hold addresses Camden City Council members asking them to consider changing the juvenile curfew for youth safety.


The Camden City council workshop regarding a youth curfew will be Tuesday, February 6, 6:15PM at City Hall in the council chambers. The public is invited to attend.

The previous workshop was canceled due to winter weather on January 16.

At the January City Council meeting,Alderman Lawrence Askew addressed the council, seeing the importance of discussing the problem. Askew added he received information from Arnold showing the increasing need to confront the situation before it grows worse. He suggested giving Arnold an answer to finally settle his burning inquiries for council to do anything. Alderman Edward Winters initially suggested a special meeting for public input on the curfew and state of the city's youth, with Alderwoman Ebony Gulley changing it to a workshop.

"We live by the street light rule in my house, when the street lights come on you go inside,' said Winters. "That's how I was raised and it's how I'm raising my granddaughter. We need to talk about this to keep our young people safe," he said in response to his inquiry for a meeting.

Later in the meeting, Alderman Marvin Moore suggested the importance of the next council meeting focusing on the curfew subject, instead of the special budget meeting. However, Mayor Charlotte Young and Alderman L.E. Lindsey reminded Moore that a workshop on the curfew would be a better use of council's time and would not push back a special meeting to approve the city's budget for 2024.

Moore asked city attorney Michael Frey to coordinate with the court system on the curfew issue, and offered information he had regarding the situation.

"We need to look at everything with this thing," said Moore.

Alderman Gerald Castleberry added thoughts on how he thought the curfew discussion would go from both sides: either parents for it or against having the kids under curfew.