MY TURN: Too much crime, not enough punishment - WMC Action News 5 - Memphis, Tennessee

WMC-TV 5 V.P. & General Manager Lee Meredith

MY TURN: Too much crime, not enough punishment

WMC-TV 5 V.P. & General Manager Lee Meredith WMC-TV 5 V.P. & General Manager Lee Meredith

Lori Brown's story on repeat offenders was a real eye-opener this week. Among other things, Lori uncovered the fact that 50,000 Memphians have been arrested six or more times.

Even more stunning, how about this statistic? One hundred and forty Memphis residents have been arrested 100 times or more. And as you may have seen in Lori's story, some of these repeat offenders are violent criminals who are let out of jail on parole to commit new crimes before their sentences would have even been completed.

The answer to our crime problem is more complicated than simply locking up criminals and throwing away the key. We need better programs to help turn around non-violent offenders before they become hardened criminals, but does anyone really think there's a reasonable chance of rehabilitating a person after they've been arrested 100 times.

The law enforcement leaders who are pushing for stronger sentencing laws in Tennessee have the right idea. We need the state legislature to get a stiffer backbone and give us some stiffer sentencing laws.

That's my turn. Now it's your turn. To comment on this segment or anything else, email yourturn@wmctv.com or call 800-465-1210.

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