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By Jim Wallace - bio | email

September 24, 2008

ALBANY, GA (WALB) -  A man arrested for breaking into cars had recently been released from jail on one thousand dollars bond.  Judges say they see revolving door criminals like this too often, and say state laws are partly to blame.

43-year-old Willie James Harrison, Junior was caught breaking into cars at David Smith Autoland. He had just been arrested in July for selling copper from a theft that caused half a million dollars in damages to Flint River Services cooling systems.

But he was only charged with misdemeanor theft by receiving and was released on only one thousand dollars bond.

Dougherty Superior Court Judge Loring Gray says state laws that take away their judicial oversight causes this.

"The prisons and the jails are full. And yet they keep imposing mandatory minimum sentences, and taking away the discretion of the Judges. And yet they take away our diversion centers, they take away our detention centers. They take away our day reporting centers. They take away our options."

Willie Harrison is being held in the Dougherty County jail on seven counts of entering auto and criminal trespass.

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