Gang Free Zone
ISD Student/ Parent Information Letter
New Requirements Regarding Gang-Free Zones
As a result of House Bill 2086 that passed during the 81st Legislature, Regular Session, Chapter 42 of the Human Resource Code includes section 42.064, effective September 1, 2009. This new statute requires that information about gang-free zones be distributed to parents and guardians of children in public or private school systems. The following is a tip sheet to assist in complying with the new law. This information may be posted at your child's school or copies may be provided to parents.
What is a gang-free zone?
A gang-free zone is a designated area around a specific location where prohibited gang related activity is subject to increased penalty under Texas law. The specific locations include day care centers. For more information about what constitutes a gang-free zone, please consult sections 71.028 and 71.029 of the Texas Penal Code.
Certain criminal offenses, including those involving organized criminal activity such as gang-related crimes will be enhanced to the next highest category of offense if they are committed in a gang-free zone. For purposes of the district, a gang-free zone includes a school bus and a location in, on, or within 1000 feet of any district-owned or leased property or campus playground.
How do parents know where the gang-free zone ends?
The area that falls within a gang-free zone can vary depending on the type of location. The local municipal or county engineer may produce and update maps for the purposes of prosecution. Parents may contact their local municipality or court house for information about obtaining a copy of a map if they choose to do so.
What is the purpose of gang-free zones?
Similar to the motivation behind establishing drug-free zones, the purpose of gang-free zones is to deter certain types of criminal activity in areas where children gather by enforcing tougher penalties.
The Texas Penal Codes gang-free zones:
P.C. 71.028> HB 2086 GANG-FREE ZONES: ALL PUBLIC AND PRIVATE PRIMARY AND SECONDARY SCHOOLS, INSTITUTIONS OF HIGHER LEARNING AND DAYCARE CENTERS MUST PUBLICIZE INFO TO STUDENTS/PARENTS/GUARDIANS
P.C. 71.028> HB 2086 GANG-FREE ZONES-THE ZONES INCLUDE: WITHIN 1000 FEET OF ANY SCHOOL, YOUTH CENTER OR PLAYGROUND WITHIN 300 FEET OF SHOPPING MALL, MOVIE THEATER, PUBLIC SWIMMING POOL, OR VIDEO ARCADE, OR ANY SCHOOL BUS.