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The revolving door of repeat offenders in Chattanooga

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CHATTANOOGA, TN (WRCB) -

Several factors of a person's background are considered when someone is given bond, probation and parole. 

But when it comes to people who commit some of the most serious crimes, some believe more needs to be done to repeat offenders. 

"You see the revolving door quite a bit, the re-offenders that are consistently coming up for one reason or another," Chattanooga Police Sgt. Josh May said. 

Steven Frizzell has been arrested more than a dozen times since pleading guilty to vehicular homicide in 2009. 

His latest arrest happened in July when people say he ran from them during a traffic stop. 

A judge revoked Frizzell's probation during a hearing Thursday, saying he shows no remorse for his repeated violations. 

"It's not as easy as, he's guilty he's going to jail forever. It's not that easy," May added. 

May works in CPD's Organized Crime Unit. 

He doesn't have a say in the kind of bond or sentence someone receives but he does see those charged with some of the most serious crimes back out on the streets. 

Like Javonte Davis, the then-17 year old was accused of killing a man while out of bond for killing another in 2015.

May said he's seen similar situations happen before and it makes his job harder. 

"You're going to be available, based on good behavior, two for one days, you're going to have jail credit, how long were you incarcerated prior to sentencing coming down, that adds on. So, when there's no truth in sentencing that becomes an issue because there's no one message you can drive home because there's not one set standard across the board," he said. 

When someone is sentenced, the court considers a number of factors. 

This chart is an example of how a sentence is configured when someone has committed a felony. 

"We see juveniles from all walks of life. Nobody's immune," Hamilton County Juvenile Court Judge Rob Philyaw said. 

Philyaw said about half of the children he sees are what he calls "one and done" offenders but that's not always the case. 

"It's very disheartening to see a child that does so well, you know for a time, and then make such a mistake that sets them back," he added. 

Both men have differing opinions on how to cut down on the issue, but they both believe it can be done. 

Philyaw would like to see more support at home, before a child becomes an adult. 

May would like to see more help from lawmakers. 

"I think we need to reevaluate what's important to us and reevaluate what's hurting the community the most," May added. 

To learn more about probation and parole in Tennessee, click HERE

To learn more about bonds in Tennessee, click HERE

Channel 3 reached out to the district attorney's office for comment regarding this story, we have not heard back. 

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