SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — The Illinois Senate has approved tougher sentences for repeat gun offenders aimed at reducing violence on Chicago’s streets.
The Senate voted 35-9 Thursday for Chicago Democratic Sen. Kwame Raoul’s proposal. It would encourage judges to impose longer prison sentences within existing guidelines for gun crimes committed by those who have firearm violence on their records.READ MORE: With COVID-19 Omicron Variant Cases Being Identified In U.S., Local Public Health Officials Are On High Alert
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Critics claim the measure would lock up more minorities when the state should concentrate on creating jobs and opportunity for impoverished neighborhoods.
Raoul countered it would apply to people facing sentencing anyway. Chicago Police Superintendent Eddie Johnson told a Senate committee in March that criminals tell him they don’t fear the state’s judicial system.MORE NEWS: Jussie Smollett Trial: Defense Attorney Calls For Mistrial And Accuses Judge Of Lunging At Her; Judge Denies Claims And Motion
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