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Criminals Arrested Again and Again

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KENNEWICK, Wash. -- Department of Corrections leaders say people violating their parole have overflowed 14 jails in the state.

Meanwhile, local law enforcement officers say they also see the same people again and again.

Richland and Kennewick officers say crowded jails have forced some criminals to be released earlier than they should be.

Richland Police Sergeant Brian Ruegsegger estimates that 4 out of every 10 people arrested are arrested again.

Sgt. Brian Ruegsegger says, :"It's certain people who have made it their way of life, either age or death is the only thing that is going to break them."

Kennewick Sergeant Jesse Mill said, "The more serious the crime you can pretty much guarantee people have a criminal history."

Kennewick Police say they believe hanging around with the wrong crowd and an involvement with narcotics keeps people in the criminal track. Richland Police say if a person is let out early, they are even more likely to offend.