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Map of a sentencing enhancement zone in Springfield Massachusetts

(Map: Prison Policy Initiative, 2008)

This map originally appeared in The Geography of Punishment: How Huge Sentencing Enhancement Zones Harm Communities, Fail to Protect Children.

Because of a large pond, a cemetery and the roads' arrangement, a person on Darling Street would need to travel 3,200 feet to get to the closest part of the JFK Middle School property, and a person on Page Boulevard would have to travel 3,800 feet to reach it. Yet the law requires that the sentencing enhancement zone distance be measured in a straight line from the edge of the property, regardless of the obstacles in between.

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