Combating Gun Violence in Illinois

Combating Gun Violence in Illinois: Evidence-Based Solutions (pdf)

Combating Gun Violence in Illinois: Evidence-Based Solutions 1 Page Memo (pdf)

The Northwestern School of Law Bluhm Legal Clinic has released Combating Gun Violence in Illinois: Evidence-Based Solutions on behalf of more than 30 law and social science professors from universities throughout Illinois.

Gun violence and gun sentencing disproportionately affect young people in Illinois. The report is a significant contribution to the current public debate about whether sentencing law changes can reduce gun violence.

Cost of Mandatory sentences to the state of IL

Mandatory minimums for gun possession

Children and Family Justice Center Clinical Fellow Stephanie Kollmann co-authored the report with Bluhm Legal Clinic’s Dominique Nong, Kenneth & Harle Montgomery Foundation Clinical Fellow. CFJC clinic students Jamie Liebert, Brendan Mooney, Rebba Omer, and Brett Werenski conducted valuable research.

To contact Dominique Nong about this report, please email: For Stephanie Kollmann, email

Curious about the conversations around the report and mandatory minimums in IL?

Check out some articles, audio, and video:

Mandatory Minimums Will Not Solve Chicago’s Epidemic of Gun Violence
John Howard Association

Researchers say Emanuel should hire more cops, not push mandatory minimums
Rob Wildeboer, WBEZ

Reasonable doubt about mandatory minimums
Eric Zorn, Chicago Tribune

Filling Up Prisons Without Fighting Crime: Mark Kleiman on America’s Criminal Justice System
Change of Subject, Chicago Tribune

Landmark Study on Gun Violence
Daniel B. Rodriguez, Dean of Northwestern University School of Law, Word on the Streeterville (blog)