Legislators to Take Up Controversial Gang Legislation Again

JACKSON, MS (Ben Caxton) — A controversial “anti-gang” bill will come up again at the State Capitol this session. Previous versions of the bill would have set penalties for luring people into gangs, increased prison time for those tied to gang activities and eliminated the possibility of early release for prisoners convicted of gang-related crimes. However, some lawmakers fear the bill could lead to racial profiling, a larger prison population and longer prison sentences.

 


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  1. “However, some lawmakers fear the bill could lead to racial profiling, a larger prison population and longer prison sentences.”

    I don’t get it. Isn’t that exactly what this bill was intended to do?

    And as for the second proviso, how does LE intend to prove “luring people into gangs”, if not using the lured as witnesses against the gang members? Which would of course make the witnesses even more vulnerable, ’cause in gangland, they generally don’t take kindly to folks fingering them for any reason. Especially if the charge doesn’t stick.

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