Mayor Kasim Reed blasts courts conviction practices - CBS46 News

Mayor Kasim Reed blasts courts conviction practices

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CBS Atlanta has learned more details from an Atlanta police report, showing an alarming number of criminals convicted in Fulton County spend very little time in prison.

Fulton County judges routinely released repeat offenders after they were arrested, according to the report.

Of the 209 people convicted on arrests made by one unit, fewer than three percent received prison sentences.

Roderick Robertson, who was recently convicted for selling drugs, received a five-year suspended sentence even though he had been arrested 63 times prior to his latest conviction.

Ricky Conley, who was convicted for selling heroin, received five years of probation despite having been arrested 50 times.

The trend is alarming, said Mayor Kasim Reed.

"I don't know what goes on in Fulton County that makes our judges release people convicted 40, 50, 60 times," Reed said. "People who we arrest and who are prosecuted are going to have to be put in jail."

Judge Cynthia Wright, chief judge of Fulton County Superior Court, would not speak on camera with CBS Atlanta.

Wright, instead, issued a written statement:

"The court has listened to Mayor Reed's concerns and he has listened to ours. My preference would be that we engage in constructive discussion instead of finger-pointing as public safety is a complex topic deserving of informed comment and considered thought."

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