Keeping dangerous criminals behind bars

By Sen. Joe Hune
22nd Senate District

Repeat offenders who commit serious crimes belong behind bars, not on the streets.

That is why I applaud the recent actions of my colleagues in the Michigan House of Representatives, who recently approved a Senate measure designed to put habitual offenders of serious crimes in prison for a minimum of 25 years. 

If signed into law, Senate Bill 1109 would strengthen Michigan’s habitual offender laws by requiring a sentence of at least 25 years imprisonment if an offender has 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.

To view a full list of other serious crimes included in the proposed law, visit www.legislature.mi.gov and use the “Legislative Bill Search” feature to look up SB 1109.

Attorney General Bill Schuette brought this matter to the attention of the Legislature when he cited multiple horrific crimes committed by individuals who had as many as nine felonies on their record. If this proposal had been on the books then, it could have helped prevent these crimes.

I look forward to seeing SB 1109 signed into law so we can help ensure that Michigan residents are safe from dangerous repeat offenders.

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Sen. Joe Hune is chair of the Senate Agriculture Committee. He represents the 22nd state Senate District, which includes Livingston and Shiawassee counties, and the southern part of Ingham County. The Ingham County portion includes Bunkerhill, Leslie, Stockbridge and Vevay townships, and the cities of Leslie and Mason.