ATLANTA, GA — The average repeat offender in Atlanta has 25 arrests on their record, according to police, and they want to break the trend.
On Tuesday, the APD will create a new unit dedicated to tracking repeat offenders.
A 28-year-old guy was arrested for the seventh time over the weekend, according to police, after being found in possession of modified firearms and illegal medicines. They claim, however, that he is much below the national average for repeat offenders.
Following that incident, a guy was detained for the 50th time after beating a woman and holding a knife to her throat outside of a metro Home Depot.
Michael Julian Bond, a member of Atlanta City Council’s Public Safety Committee, was taken aback when APD officials revealed fresh data on repeat offenders.
“These are folks who plainly decided a long time ago that crime would be their business,” he explained.
The suspect must have three prior felony arrests to be considered a repeat offender.
According to APD, the average age of repeat offenders apprehended in the last week was 47. In addition, everyone had an average of 25 arrests and five felony convictions on their criminal records.
APD now has only two officers committed to tracking repeat offender cases and bringing them to the attention of judges. As a result, the APD is establishing a new repeat offender tracking unit.
The Fulton County District Attorney’s Office and the Fulton County Sheriff’s Office will be part of the unit.
Chairman of the Public Safety Committee, Dustin Hillis, told Johnson that bringing these groups together will provide judges more information when it comes to punishment.
“To get either these serial offenders not released on signature bonds, or to make sure that these repeat offenders spend the appropriate amount of time when it comes to sentencing,” Hillis said.
According to the APD, roughly 25% of those arrested for violent crime in the previous week were repeat offenders. Thus the agency is hoping that these efforts will keep career criminals off the streets.
Some people are concerned that if courts impose tougher penalties, the jail may be unable to cope. Hillis says he hopes Fulton County can find this out, even if it takes borrowing resources from other counties for the time being.
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