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Officers want law passed to curb repeat offenders

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Last weekend four men were arrested for serious crimes, all have multiple convictions on their record and all of them are back on the streets today.

Senate Bill 19, a law proposed to congress, would mean men like Kenneth Mosley, Corey Stephens, Cary Stephens, and Kevon Roberts might still be in jail after that arrest this weekend. Instead, Chief Greg Mullen said criminals are often back in the community shortly after their arrest.

"If you're in the drug business or in other types of criminal activities you have to pay 10% of the bond so it's not really a whole lot of money you have to come up with to get back out on the street and continue to do the things that you're doing, it's hurting our citizens, hurting our state," he said.

In March, a police officer was shot five times and injured by a suspect who was out on bond for two charges. Chief Mullen said this proposed bill could help keep that from happening again.

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