cumulative thru 2007 in Memphis. John Harvery with the Memphis PD blogs about this on Memphiscrime.blogspot.com.
The top repeat offender has been arrested over 200 times.
In order to "stop the madness", people are going to have to get mad. I have proposed that we pass a law that deals with the repeat offenders in such a way that they cease and desist their activities, or move to another state. I think if a person has been convicted of a misdemeanor 10 times, the next time they are arrested on any charge, their case should be escalated to a class E felony. You see, the problem is that we have over 15,000 people in Shelby County who have been arrested 10 times or more. Dealing with this group first, then looking at those who are continually moving through the "criminal justice system" (talk about a misnomer) has to be the strategy.
I heard a prosecutor explaining the other day that the law doesn't make allowances for how many times a person commits a crime. That's just insane.