Law enforcement says repeat offenders take up time, resources

Published: Aug. 16, 2016 at 10:32 PM CDT|Updated: Aug. 16, 2016 at 11:05 PM CDT
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MADISON COUNTY, AL (WAFF) - An ongoing manhunt for a man described as a repeat offender is calling attention to the strain it can put on law enforcement.

Madison County investigators are still looking for Jason Dyer, who's suspected of stealing a vehicle and leading law enforcement on a chase last week. He's already pleaded guilty six times for crimes at the state level, and his probation was revoked twice.

Dyer is one of many suspects that police have to spend time and resources booking multiple times.

"You investigate the case, do the best you can, make your arrest, put them in jail, they make bond," said Capt. Michael Salomonsky of the Madison County Sheriff's Office.

"That is part of the process that takes place here in our country. Everyone is entitled to bond with the exception of some circumstances, danger to the community, things of that nature," he said.

Frustrated deputies blame money problems and a lack of jail space for having to chase the same people over and over again. Salomonsky said the most frustrating part is they have other crimes occurring and other things that require their attention, but the system gets backlogged with criminals like Dyer taking up deputies' time and resources.

"That's the way the system works the people who work in law enforcement are keenly aware after a couple years of working as a police officer, sheriff's deputy, it matters not," Salomonsky said. "The system is predicate on people being able to make bond, moving them through the jail, them getting back out and committing more crimes, and we keep chasing them."

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