If you're like me, you are alarmed at the number of violent crimes in the Midlands. Shootouts at a local bank, multiple armed robberies and home invasions. When asked about this seemingly alarming trend, Richland County Sheriff Leon Lott dispelled a myth.
There aren't more bad guys out there….just a small group getting caught over and over again. Lott says about 5% of criminals are committing 95% of the crime. These crooks get caught, get out on bond and then go right back to selling drugs, breaking into houses, robbing businesses and much worse. According to Lott, it's a perfect storm….too few judges, overcrowded jails and easy posting of bond.
His solution, and one that I could support, is a bill in the State House that would deny bond if a criminal is arrested a second time after being released on bond. As he puts it, "we arrest the same person over and over…when's it gonna stop?"
These repeat criminals are a drain on our court system and law enforcement resources, and represent a dangerous cycle of violent and unlawful activity that preys on and threatens our community. Let's stop the madness . Deny bond to repeat offenders.
That's my perspective.