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10-yr. tab for mandatory minimum gun law? $965 mil.

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ILLINOIS_PRISON_INMATE_DEATH_36031037.JPGThe Menard Correctional Center in Chester, Ill. (AP Photo/The Southern, Paul Newton)

Earlier this month, the Sun-Times editorialized that longer mandatory minimum sentences for gun crimes would not be a good idea, partly because Illinois' prison system is already overcrowded and more prisoners would mean more costs.

In an op-ed that appeared in the Sun-Times, John Maki, president of the John Howard Association, a prison watchdog group, wrote that the law (House Bill 2265) would cost taxpayers "hundreds of millions of dollars."

It turns out the Illinois Department of Corrections agrees.

"The total impact of HB 2265 would result in an increase of 3,860 inmates, with additional operating costs of $701,712,300 and construction costs of $263,130,300 over ten years," says a note the DOC attached to the legislation.

Read the March 9 Sun-Times editorial here.

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And, the cost to society to let those using guns in a crime get a slap on the hand?

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