As dusk crept over Collington Square Park, in east Baltimore, the children's chatter of questions began.
"What time is my curfew?" "What if I'm out with my brother and he's 18?" "If I hide, can I still stay out and play?"
A 23-year-old man with thin, cascading braids who goes by the name Dreads interrupted the chorus of voices: "It's 8:05! You all have 55 minutes left!"
A new youth curfew law, among the strictest in the nation, took effect in Baltimore on Friday night. It requires unaccompanied children under the age of 14 to be indoors by 9 p.m. and for 14, 15 and 16-year-olds to be indoors by 10 p.m. on weekdays and 11 p.m. on weekends and during the summer.