Recent arrests raise questions about the criminal justice system

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BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (WIAT) — The arrests connected to the murders of 17-year-old twins in Birmingham on June 28th raised some questions about the criminal justice system in Alabama.

Stanley Chatman and Crytal Nelson were arrested on July 3rd.

How did a man,who was arrested and charged with murder in March, end up being arrested a month later charged in the murders of Jeremi and Jonathan Berry?

CBS42’s Sherri Jackson sat down with Police Chief A.C. Roper who says “it’s frustrating because, officers do their best to lock them up and to see them back on the street sometimes before you can finish all the paper work has been an age old problem.”

CBS42 also heard from Alabama Department of Corrections Spokesperson Brian Corbett in response to questions about truth in sentencing in Alabama.

He says, “there is no truth in sentencing in Alabama.”  He also says “the department of corrections is the middle man we have no control over who comes to us, how long they stay with us, or when they leave us.”

Stanley Chapman was sentenced to 15 years in prison for manslaughter in 2006.  His sentence ended in November 2012.

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