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Police tell us of all the people they arrested this week seven were already on parole.
For the past two months the Rockford Police Department has been working with the Illinois Department of Corrections to cross check suspects of crime and figuring out who has previously been in trouble. During a typical week three to five re-offenders will be arrested--this week that number was the highest it has ever been.
Rockford Police Chief Chet Epperson said, "This week has been the most I’ve seen since we've had the process. Usually it's anywhere between three and six but this week it's been seven so it's an average of one a day [that] someone who is on parole and has reoffended and is currently on parole from the department of corrections."
Every Friday parole gives the Rockford Police a report of people who have been re-arrested.
Many of the people arrested have already served time in prison for the same offense. In Rockford seventy to eighty percent of violent crimes are committed by repeat offenders. Just over half of all Illinois inmates return to prison within three years of being released which substantially higher than the national average.