Youth Incarceration

House Bill Number: 

House Bill 169 would layer on the punishment against young people who are alleged to ever had a gang association. It would promote racial profiling and focuses on punishment rather than prevention.

HB 169 was approved by the House Judiciary Committee on February 7, and by the full House, 71-17, on March 15. See how House members voted. An amended version of HB 169 was approved by the Senate Judiciary Committee on March 27.

Bill Sponsor(s): 
Rep. R. Benvenuti, C. Morgan

KFTC's platform supports a transition from our current punitive justice system to a more restorative system that honors the inherent dignity of all individuals. We oppose the inappropriate use of police powers, call for an immediate end to the mass incarceration of African Americans and other people of color, and the practices by which mass incarceration is currently implemented.
Read – Fact Sheet: HB 169 'Gang' Bill is Not an Evidence-Based Approach

KFTC's Position: 
KFTC Opposes