News Release from Senator John Carona

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
March 3, 2009
Contact: Adam Burklund or Steven Polunsky
Senate Committee on Transportation & Homeland Security
(512) 463-0067

GANG FREE ZONES

Over the past year-and-a-half Senator Carona and his colleagues have worked with law enforcement to seek solutions to the gang problems affecting Texas.

One major component of Senator Carona's anti-gang legislative package is SB 1256 which will create Gang Free Zones in areas that are frequented by the youth of our state, similar to the Drug Free Zones concept.

These Gang Free Zones will include:

Punishments for gang-related offenses would be increased when those offenses are committed in a Gang Free Zone.

This legislation focuses on a zero tolerance perception, making gang members intending to commit criminal acts aware that protection of the youth in Texas is a top priority.

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