Repeat gun offenders are being targeted by Illinois lawmakers. The state senate passed a bill that will give longer sentencing to individuals who are caught over and over again with illegal guns. The push back from the legislature is in direct reaction to the ongoing gun violence in Chicago. Senator Kwame Raoul says the Safe Neighborhoods Act won’t lead to over-crowded prisons; rather it will protect people living in violent areas.
There are criminal justice reforms as part of the bill. Non-violent offenders will be moved into rehabilitation programs. The house now gets to have say on the matter.