North Carolina's Senate and House adopts gang prevention bill

WILMINGTON -- The state legislature is a step closer to adopting a tough anti-gang bill pushed by State Senator Julia Boseman.

Both the Senate and the House have adopted a bill that would make recruiting youths into gangs a crime and it would step up penalties for gang members convicted of crimes.

According to Boseman, the legislature is sending a strong message that gang activity will be prosecuted.

She has been appointed to the committee of lawmakers that will settle the differences between the House and Senate versions of the bill.

THe NAACP has concerns about the bill.  They say it needs to stress prevention as much as punishment.

To see a copy of the Street Gang Prevention Bill, click here.