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

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

Michael Hagerty, Houston Public MediaIn 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 HagertyMichael Hagerty is the Senior Producer for Houston Matters. He has a degree in journalism from Abilene Christian University and has served as news director for NPR and PBS stations around Texas and The West, including: KUNR-FM in Reno, Nev.; KNPB-TV in Reno, Nev.; and KWBU-TV/FM in Waco, Texas. He got his start on the air as a college student hosting Morning Edition at KACU-FM in Abilene, Texas. A native of the Chicago area and an avid Cubs fan, Michael spent four seasons as the public address announcer for the Reno Aces, the Triple-A affiliate of the Arizona Diamondbacks.View all posts by Michael Hagerty →