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Prince George's County Police hold sit-in for violent offenders

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One by one, they trudge in to police headquarters. They are killers and armed robbers. Lorenzo Spires is a convicted drug dealer and violent offender. Like the others, he's been called in and he's not exactly thrilled about it.

In all, 100 violent offenders take seats in the same big room where police often announce arrests. They have been identified by parole and probation officers as those most likely to do violent crimes again and they are here to get a message.

“If you re-offend, we are not gonna have any tolerance for that type of activity in our communities,” says Kevin Davis, assistant chief of the Prince George’s County Police Department.

Sorgalim Rosado did time for armed robbery. He said he heard it loud and clear.

“It’s letting us know that if anything happens again we could be looking at federal charges,” Rosado says.

Police started these call-ins last year. There is no doubt that part of the reason is to scare potential repeat offenders. But it is also an opportunity to let the men know there are programs to help they stay straight.

For the parolees and probationers, it’s an opportunity to say they do need help.

After an hour, they are dismissed. The hope is it's the last time they're brought in to police headquarters.

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