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Ingham County Prosecutor Pledges To Limit Use Of Mandatory Minimum Gun Charge

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A new policy will limit how often Ingham County charges people with felony possession of a firearm.

Under Michigan law, prosecutors can tack on the charge if someone is found with a gun while committing a felony.

It carries a mandatory minimum sentence of two years.

But County Prosecutor Carol Siemon says the 1976 law hasn’t stopped people from carrying guns.

“Unfortunately, instead, what it's led to is the incredible level of racial disproportionality in people incarcerated for it with absolutely no increase in public safety.

A recent report found that Black people make up more than 80% of those incarcerated in Michigan on felony firearm sentences.

Kate Wells is a Peabody Award-winning journalist and co-host of the Michigan Radio and NPR podcast Believed. The series was widely ranked among the best of the year, drawing millions of downloads and numerous awards. She and co-host Lindsey Smith received the prestigious Livingston Award for Young Journalists. Judges described their work as "a haunting and multifaceted account of U.S.A. Gymnastics doctor Larry Nassar’s belated arrest and an intimate look at how an army of women – a detective, a prosecutor and survivors – brought down the serial sex offender."
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