Fight against gun violence is moving inside Illinois jails

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The fight against gun violence is moving inside Illinois jails.

For the first time ever, the Dept of Corrections is inviting some tough-talking police and prosecutors inside to teach inmates headed back into society why they should stay away from guns.

56 inmates at the Sheridan Correctional Center are set for release within the next six months. As part of Project Safe Neighborhoods, they meet with prosecutors and police to learn about the gun laws that can land them right back behind bars.

The rate of recidivism for the Illinois Dept of Corrections is 47%. This program aims to help reduce that number as well as gun violence across the state of Illinois.

Today’s program was recorded and will be played for inmates at all 25 of the state’s prisons.

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1 Comment

  • Lee Cruse

    OK, what are the released people going to be told do to for self defense and protection from violent criminals? We know that police have no duty or responsibility to provide protection, so what do we tell these people?
    My opinion is that there needs to be a well structured method for these people to regain their civil rights, maybe by a step process. I suspect that we may actually may reduce crime, if we do not push these people to commit new crimes for the tools needed for self protection.