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Target Enforcement Zone

January 23, 2008 7:32 pm by

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“This sign is in an area designated as a Prostitution Free Zone. […] It shall be unlawful for any person who has been restricted by court order to thereafter enter or be upon property designated a Prostitution Free Zone.”

The above sign is located at R and 23rd Streets, about 9 feet off of the ground. The map describes an area bound by Carrington, 25th Street, Mosby/Mechanicsville, and W Street/Brauers, at the south end of Sector 113 in the First Precinct.

Signs Posted in Prostitution-Free Zones on the Richmond Police Department site offers this:

The zones were designated by Chief of Police Rodney Monroe per authority vested in him by the Richmond City Code. It is a class one misdemeanor for anyone who is both convicted of prostitution offense and restricted entry in a targeted enforcement zone by a Richmond city court as a condition of his or her sentence to be in a targeted enforcement zone. A class one misdemeanor carries a sentence of up to twelve months in jail and/or up to $2,500 dollars in fines.

There are exceptions for those who live, work, conduct business with certain designated offices, or go to church in one of the zones. The zones were selected based on arrest data and other statistics demonstrating that the areas are the sites of repeated and documented illicit prostitution activity. The chief of police can designate the zones for up to one year.


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