Jones measure placing habitual offenders behind bars passes House

Jones measure placing habitual offenders behind bars passes House 

LANSING— Legislation that would place habitual offenders of serious crimes behind bars for a minimum of 25 years was approved by the Michigan House of Representatives on Wednesday, said sponsor Sen. Rick Jones. 

Senate Bill 1109 would strengthen Michigan’s habitual offender laws by requiring  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 attempted murder, assault with the intent to commit murder, criminal sexual conduct, carjacking or kidnapping.

“During Senate Judiciary Committee hearings, the attorney general cited multiple horrific crimes that were committed by individuals who had as many as nine felonies on their record,” said Jones, R-Grand Ledge. “My legislation would have kept these criminals off the streets.” 

“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.

“I would like to thank Attorney General Bill Schuette for bringing this problem to my attention and for all of his hard work in helping to pass SB 1109.”

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