Mandatory Minimum Prison Sentences Will Not Solve Chicago’s Epidemic of Gun Violence

Post Date: September 30, 2013

(Chicago Tribune) — When Mayor Rahm Emanuel called for mandatory minimum prison sentences in response to the recent shooting of 13 people on Chicago’s South Side, he was speaking for everyone whose hearts are broken at the city’s relentless gun violence.

The problem is that our hearts tend to be bad policymakers.

The evidence against Emanuel’s proposal could not be clearer: It will not prevent crime. If enacted, mandatory minimums will cost Illinois taxpayers hundreds of millions of dollars, robbing us of the resources we need to address the root causes of violence and making conditions on Chicago’s streets even worse. Read more