On Parole? Then Stay Out Of This Neighborhood

In name of safety, a California town tries to ban parolees.
May 13, 2003, 9am PDT | Chris Steins | @urbaninsight
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"The idea is to keep those most likely to commit crime - parolees and probationers - out of L.A.'s most crime-prone areas. If approved by the City Council in coming weeks, street signs will inform all persons they are entering so-called DFZs (drug-free zones). Parolees who trespass these boundaries will land back in jail.Similar ways of limiting the movement of criminals have been tried elsewhere and been struck down for constitutional reasons. The current plan -- known as the Lancaster Community Appreciation Project (LAN-CAP) -- may avoid similar legal rulings, according to David Berger, the deputy district attorney for Los Angeles county who designed the plan."

Thanks to Laura Kranz

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Published on Tuesday, May 13, 2003 in The Christian Science Monitor
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