Repeat offenders frustrate Spokane Police

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by Ashley Korslien & KREM.com

KREM.com

Posted on October 24, 2012 at 5:09 PM

Updated Sunday, Nov 24 at 8:53 AM

SPOKANE -- Police in Spokane say they are frustrated so many burglaries are being committed by repeat offenders.

Officers said something needs to change in the justice system, because they are arresting the same people over and over again.

Tuesday night, police arrested 27-year-old Derik Adams who has eight previous felonies. Officers said Adams was found burglarizing a home in the 5900 block of N. Ridgeview Place. He faces charges of attempted burglary, residential burglary, 2nd degree burglary and possession of a controlled substance.

Spokane Police Officer Jennifer DeRuwe said career criminals often get back on the streets because their punishments are not tough enough.

 “We have this small population of people that continue to victimize our community and they need to stay behind bars. We can arrest them over and over and over again until we're blue in the face,” DeRuwe said.

Police officials believe bonds need to be set higher to keep repeat offenders from getting out of jail so easily, and sentences need to be tougher.

Wednesday, prosecutors asked the judge to set Adams’ bond at $75,000 because he is a “high risk” offender. The judge honored the request.

Adams is in custody at the Spokane County Jail.

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