Frustration grows over short sentences for repeat offenders

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ATLANTA - Neighbors are fed up with repeat offenders arrested dozens of times getting let back out to terrorize their communities. Atlanta Police Chief George Turner says the district attorney's office and judges need to be on the same page to put repeat offenders away for more than a day.

Atlanta City Councilwoman Mary Norwood shares the same concern as thousands of Atlanta residents.

"We had citizens say I'm not letting my children outside to play, and that's not the kind of city we can live in," Norwood said.

There have been more than 70 car break-ins in Atlanta's Buckhead area, and police say most of the suspects are repeat offenders.

Thursday night, residents packed into a meeting asking what they can do to help combat crime and stop these repeat offenders.

Mary Norwood says residents need to start coming to the courthouse and tell the judge which offenders need to stay out of their community.

There are some repeat offenders who have been arrested a combined 87 times.

A judge sentenced Marvin Chaneys to one year in jail after his 25th arrest.

"I would like to see an overall dialogue with the DA's office talking with the judges and talking specifically about what happens with individual multiple repeat perps," Turner said.

Turner says they've made more than 200 arrests for car break-ins so far this year, and these criminals need to be held accountable.

"I would love to see us banishing people from various communities after repeat violations in certain communities," Turner said.

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