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What Exactly Are Gang Safety Zones — and Do They Work?

In 2012, Harris County began establishing “gang safety zones,” areas where — through court-issued restraining orders — selected gang members are kept from congregating. The newest such zone in Southlawn is seen by law enforcement as another piece in the city’s gang suppression strategy. It’s viewed by defense attorneys and some civil rights activists as […]

Michael Hagerty, Houston Public Media

In 2012, Harris County began establishing “gang safety zones,” areas where — through court-issued restraining orders — selected gang members are kept from congregating. The newest such zone in Southlawn is seen by law enforcement as another piece in the city’s gang suppression strategy. It’s viewed by defense attorneys and some civil rights activists as unjust, antiquated, and a breach of civil rights.

We learn more about these gang injunction zones by talking with attorney and certified mediator Jen Gaut from The Sparks Law Firm.

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Michael Hagerty

Michael Hagerty

Senior Producer, Houston Matters

Michael Hagerty is the senior producer for Houston Matters. He's spent more than 20 years in public radio and television and dabbled in minor league baseball, spending four seasons as the public address announcer for the Reno Aces, the Triple-A affiliate of the Arizona Diamondbacks.

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