Jones measure would place habitual offenders behind bars

Jones measure would place habitual offenders behind bars

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

Senate Bill 1109 would 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.

“If people have not learned their lesson after three felonies, then they need to be removed from society,” said Jones, R-Grand Ledge.

“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 look forward to continue to work with Attorney General Bill Schuette who contacted me and asked that this legislation be taken up.”

SB 1109 now advances to the House of Representatives for further consideration.

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