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The first initiative involves new efforts to aggressively prosecute those who violate probation and includes a policy of recommending that serious offenders be held without bond pending their hearing. Those who violate the terms and conditions of their probation pose an unacceptable risk to public safety which justifies swift and sure sanctions for their misconduct.
In addition, new “get tough” measures are being applied against those who have been convicted of attempting to elude peace officers. Noting an alarming increase in the number of offenders who engage in high-speed chases with the police, Linn County Attorney Jerry Vander Sanden drafted and adopted new strategies and uniform procedures to ensure that the most serious charge supported by the evidence is filed and that offenders receive a just sentence for their offense.