“House Bill 169 stiffens penalties for offenders if gang activity is shown to be a factor in their crime. It makes gang recruitment a felony rather than a misdemeanor for adults and also requires gang members convicted of violent crimes to serve 85 percent of their sentences before parole is an option.<br><br>Initially, the legislation defined a gang as three people who share a name, colors, geographic area, symbols and identifying hand signals. But a revised version said it requires a gang must have two of those characteristics before being labeled a criminal organization.”

“House Bill 169 stiffens penalties for offenders if gang activity is shown to be a factor in their crime. It makes gang recruitment a felony rather than a misdemeanor for adults and also requires gang members convicted of violent crimes to serve 85 percent of their sentences before parole is an option.

Initially, the legislation defined a gang as three people who share a name, colors, geographic area, symbols and identifying hand signals. But a revised version said it requires a gang must have two of those characteristics before being labeled a criminal organization.”

Gang bill critics say targets black men and children passes Kentucky legislature

The Kentucky Senate rejected a call by Democratic state Sen. Gerald Neal to study how the controversial proposal will impact black and Hispanic people

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