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If reward nets robbery suspects, bail should be denied

The City of Greenville has posted a $1,500 reward for information leading to the arrest and conviction of any person or persons responsible for committing armed robberies.

We're hopeful that reward will generate some tips to help bring the robbers into custody, and help put an end to the recent spree of dangerous crimes.

There is another step we hope will be taken, if and when any arrests are made.

Bail should be denied these criminals.

Stopping the turnstile of criminal activity in Greenville and Butler County just begins with apprehending the suspects. A fair trial, and an effective sentence to those found guilty, are actually more important. Effective sentences are the only way to cut down on repeat offenses.

It's a long ride through the criminal justice system, and all possible precautions should be taken to ensure that an accused criminal is around to face justice. Furthermore, any person capable of an armed robbery is a threat to society, and likely a flight risk.

The recent manhunt in south Butler County is evidence enough that any chase is exhausting, expensive and potentially dangerous.

We urge the court to consider that before setting bail for any further robbery suspects.