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New Bill Aims To Increase Public Safety

Monday it was a big win for public safety and corrections facilities across Michigan.

 Governor Rick Snyder signed Public Act 319 which gives prosecutors the option to lock up repeat offenders for a minimum of 25 years.

"These are your violent criminals, these are the people prisons were built to hold," said Press Secretary Joy Yearout.

They commit the majority of crime in Michigan and now prosecutors will have power to lock up repeat offenders for a minimum of 25 years.

"A prosecutor has to prosecute someone with the habitual designation, that means they are adding an additional count, saying that this person has repeatedly broken the law and it's a special designation reserved for the worst of the worst," Yearout said.

The bill mainly targets those who commit murder, rape and violent assaults.

"The officers are often more concerned about letting out what they feel are dangerous criminals and certainly these are the types of crimes that fit that category," said Executive Director of Michigan Corrections Association Mel Grieshaber.

Grieshaber represents corrections officers across the state and says passing this bill could put more pressure on the departments budget.

"There is always a balance between cost and keeping people safe, this will keep people safe, so it's a good thing," Grieshaber said.

It's something the attorney general's office says will not only increase public safety, but jobs as well.

"Attorney General Schuette always emphasizes that Michigan will never have a full economic recovery until we have complete public safety, it's a critical component to economical revitalization," Yearout said.

Both the Attorney General's office and Department of Corrections says signing this bill is a step in the right direction.

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