The Illinois Department of Corrections released numbers on the costs associated with the proposed bill that would impose harsher penalties for those convicted of gun crimes.
The bill, which is still pending in the state legislature, was introduced by State Rep. Michael Zalewski (D-Chicago) and looks to toughen gun sentencing for felons and those known to be in gangs when they are convicted of unlawful use of a weapon.
According to the state Department of Corrections, the bill would add some 2,500 additional inmates to an already overcrowded system, if it became law. The legislation would also cost an additional $549 million over 10 years' time.
Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel supports the bill, but it was held up in the Illinois House after the Legislative Black Caucus voiced concerns that the proposal looks to jail young males.