Banned from the Las Vegas Strip? Judges may be authorized to issue “suspended sentence” orders to criminal offenders

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LAS VEGAS, Nev. (FOX5) – Clark County commissioners are considering expanding a late 1990s policy that gave courts the power to issue “stand-by” orders on the Las Strip. Vegas for some delinquents.

Currently, if you are caught selling drugs or prostituting yourself, a judge can bar you from the Strip for up to a year. But the latest revision to the order, which was introduced at last week’s meeting, would allow people to be barred “as a condition of a suspended sentence or deferred trial of any criminal offence”.

The boundaries of this “Order Out Corridor” generally run from Sahara Avenue in the north to Russell Road in the south, and from Arville in the west to Paradise Road in the east. A map is available here.

In addition, anyone who violates its ban would be guilty of a misdemeanor, according to the proposal.

The changes are proving controversial, such as when the first ordinance was passed 20 years ago against drug dealers and prostitutes.

The ACLU of Nevada told FOX5 it is concerned this will have a disproportionate impact on street performers and the homeless population. They fear this will allow companies to report undesirable people, and if they are found to be in violation of their ban, they will face consequences of up to six months in jail and/or a $1,000 fine. .

The Resort Corridor area is experiencing an increase in overall crime. The Las Vegas Metro Convention Center Area Command, which serves the resort corridor, saw a 15.8% increase in total crimes since last year.

Commissioner Jim Gibson presented the revised order at last week’s meeting. He was unavailable for an interview prior to this article’s publication, however, FOX5 spoke to Strip visitors to get their takes.

“If you’re going to cause trouble, stay off the strip,” one woman said. “I just don’t want to get shot while I’m on vacation because it doesn’t seem like fun.”

“We want to feel safe,” her friend added.

Another visitor told us she was also supportive of the changes. She said: “When people know something like this is in place, it will deter a lot of illegal activity…it will make them think twice about their actions.”

The public hearing for the review of the order will be held Tuesday, August 2 at 10 a.m. at the Clark County Government Center.

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