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April 24, 2014, 11:58 pm
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Watchdog: Longer Sentences Don't Deter Crime, Increases Dangers Inside Walls


A push to toughen the penalties for possession and use of firearms by felons and street-gang members is raising concerns about the potential impact on Illinois prison overcrowding.

 

Chicago officials want to impose tougher mandatory sentences and limit the use of probation for such weapons offenses.

 

But prison watchdog groups say longer sentences don’t deter crime… but will continue to increase the dangers inside prison walls.

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