11 TV Hill: Criminal justice reform expert analyzes tougher sentences
Will tougher sentences on illegal gun possession deter violent crime? Turning a campaign promise into a legislative reality: Baltimore City State's Attorney Ivan Bates is calling on the General Assembly to pass a bill he said will deter violent crime by targeting illegal gun sentences. His legislation extends jail time from three to five years for anyone convicted of illegal handgun possession regardless of age, and the proposal is gaining bipartisan lawmakers' support In Annapolis. Heather Warnken, executive director of the Center for Criminal Justice Reform at the University of Baltimore, analyzes the legislation.