The Bipartisan Safer Communities Act: A Dangerous New Chapter in the War on Black Youth
Publication Year: 2023
Brief by Deanie Anyangwe and Clarence Okoh of CLASP.
In June 2022, President Biden signed the Bipartisan Safer Communities Act (BSCA) into law as a response to a series of recent mass shooting tragedies. The act has generally been upheld as a major legislative victory that addresses gun violence and invests in mental health supports. While the investments in mental health are long overdue, the BSCA simultaneously includes a series of dangerous provisions that will disproportionately expose people who are Black, brown, disabled, and young—as well as those experiencing poverty—to increased criminalization.
By The Center for Law and Social Policy (CLASP).
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