- Published: 07 April 2017
State Senator John G. Mulroe (D-Chicago) supported a plan to make neighborhoods safer by helping pass the Safe Neighborhood Reforms Act, which encourages courts to enact stronger sentencing for repeat gun offenders.
“I am proud to support this legislation and efforts to curb gun violence in Chicago and around the state,” Mulroe said. “A large portion of crime is committed by repeat offenders, and I believe they should be held accountable by our criminal justice system. This is not a silver bullet to solve gun problems in our state, but it is a step in the right direction.”
Senate Bill 1722 guides courts to implement higher sentences within the existing sentencing range for individuals charged with aggravated unlawful use of weapons and unlawful use or possession of a weapon by a felon. The legislation also seeks to reduce the prison population by addressing sentencing for nonviolent individuals.
“SB 1722 combines tougher guidelines while also increasing access to educational and rehabilitation programing for offenders,” Mulroe said. “With efforts like this, I believe we will be able to curb gun violence in Chicago and bring it down from its historic levels.”