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

In an effort to curb gun violence, Seattle police are now following up in person on court orders requiring people to surrender guns.
In an effort to curb gun violence, Seattle police are now following up in person on court orders requiring people to surrender guns.

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.

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