On Parole, Out on Bail; Burglar Continues to Strike

By: Meghan Dwyer
By: Meghan Dwyer

A Rockford man has spent more than thirty years behind bars for burglarizing area businesses, but since he was released from prison Aug. 1 police say he's been involved in six more burglaries.

Law enforcement sees it all the time: the same people committing the same crimes and then being released from prison only to get locked back up. So where's the system failing?

James Mabrey has been breaking into businesses since 1986. A mere three weeks after being let out on parole the last time he allegedly broke into the Prairie State Brewhouse. A judge lowered his bail from 75 thousand dollars to five thousand dollars. So he only had to come up with 500 dollars and he could walk out of jail. Less than two weeks later police say he was involved in three more burglaries: a total of six since he was released from prison two months ago.

The last time Mabrey was arrested was last week for a burglary he allegedly committed on Aug. 20 at the Rockford Country Club. This time around his bail was set at 200-thousand dollars so he'd need 20 thousand dollars to get out. The department of corrections actually put on a hold on him this time so even if he does post bond he won't be able to get out of jail.

She's an attorney reporting the news in Rockford, 23 News Criminal Justice Reporter Meghan Dwyer investigates this bizzare story to find out where the system failed, Monday on 23 News.


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