Schuette testifies in support of Jones’ measure

Schuette testifies in support of Jones’ measure

Lansing— The Senate Judiciary Committee approved legislation that would keep violent offenders in prison for longer periods of time, said sponsor state Sen. Rick Jones.

Senate Bill 1109 would amend the Code of Criminal Procedure to require a sentence of at least 25 years imprisonment if the offender had been convicted of three or more felonies and subsequently convicted of a serious crime such as assault with intent to murder, manslaughter or kidnapping.

Attorney General Bill Schuette and multiple other law enforcement officials were on hand to testify in favor of the bill. Prior to this hearing, the attorney general contacted Jones and other committee members and asked that this matter be taken up.

“This bill sends a clear message to repeat violent offenders that their behavior will not be tolerated,” said Jones, R-Grand Ledge. “After three felonies, people have proven that they are not capable of rehabilitation, and a long-term sentence is in the best interest of public safety.

“This will only send a small number of people to prison-those who have been given chance after chance and have committed felonies time after time. This measure will make sure that repeat offenders are kept behind bars where they belong. We are approaching a major problem with a scalpel instead of a club.”

SB 1109 will now advance to the full Senate for consideration.

Editor’s Note: For a full list of what is considered a serious crime please click here.