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Chief Lovett: Some people just belong in jail

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SAVANNAH, GA (WTOC) -

"It makes no sense for us to continue to re-arrest the same people over and over and over again," said Chief Willie Lovett, Savannah-Chatham Metropolitan Police Department.

Lovett has had it with repeat offenders.

"Some people just belong in jail. They are never going to do right," said Lovett.

Timothy Jackson is an example of a repeat offender. Police arrested the 18 year old for allegedly stealing two cell phones from a car last week. Then, when one of the pictures taken with one of the stolen phones popped up on the victim's Facebook page, detectives and the Savannah Impact Program immediately recognized Jackson.

"We in our office have dealt with him before in the past so we knew exactly who it was and then I contacted his probation officer," said Det. Christ Talley, SCMPD.

Another example is the shooting that took place at the Coastal Empire Fair.

"Every one of the people that were involved in the shooting at the fair has been re-arrested. It is not their first time," said Lovett.

Lovett says his officers are doing their jobs by catching the criminals but they cant keep these people in jail.

"We are trying to fix it. If we continue to let it stay broke, we are going to have problems," said Lovett.

Lovett says his department is working with legislators to create laws that will make it tougher for criminals to get out of jail because in the chief's opinion, that is where those folks belong until they are no longer a treat to society.

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