Mayor Rahm Emanuel and survivors of gun violence are showing their support today for proposed new gun legislation.
A bill pending in the Illinois General Assembly would raise the mandatory minimum prison term for illegal gun possession from one to three years.
Emanuel says 100 people involved in shootings and murders in Chicago this year would have been in prison if tougher sentencing policies already were in place.
But a prison watchdog group tells the Chicago Sun-Times the new law would take away a judge’s discretion to sentence offenders to boot camp instead of prison.
They say inmates who complete alternative sentencing programs are less likely to become repeat offenders.