At Issue: Congressman Danny Davis Talks Helping Formerly Incarcerated, Gun Violence

Craig Dellimore
August 10, 2018 - 7:20 am

Chicago Congressman Danny Davis, D-Chicago, leads a news conference about anti-violence efforts. (WBBM Newsradio/Craig Dellimore)


CHICAGO (WBBM NEWSRADIO) -- Chicago Congressman Danny Davis said helping one-time gang members find new lives will be one of several factors vital to reducing the violence throughout the city’s West and South sides.

Congressman Danny Davis said that with so many things needed to help quell the violence gripping Chicago, local leaders may find the road to peace be long and twisting.

"Sometimes you have to take an incremental approach. For example, when I started work on the reentry issue, I decided on reentry as a focus rather than sentencing law," he said, because he thought there would be more public support for helping people correct their own mistakes than for changing the sentencing structure.

He’s still trying to change federal sentencing guidelines. 

There’s a saying, nothing beats a bullet like a job, and Congressman Danny Davis said putting ex-offenders, even former gang members, to work when they get out of jail should be part of the anti-violence efforts. He said Congress passed the so-called Second Chance Act.

"If they get help when they come out, that will have a big barren on whether or not or how soon they are back in and so we are very pleased that is moving along, because not only does the grant money help, but many programs have emerged," Davis said.

He said there's been 800 grants to local governments and not-for -profit groups.

Congressman Danny Davis is the guest on our At Issue broadcast this weekend and you can hear more Sunday 9:30 a.m. and 9:30 p.m.