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More than 110 criminals are off Tulsa streets after a massive two-month-long warrants sweep. More than 110 criminals are off Tulsa streets after a massive two-month-long warrants sweep.
It was spurred by one of the most notorious incidents to take place in that area: the execution-style murders of four women at Fairmont Terrace Apartments. It was spurred by one of the most notorious incidents to take place in that area: the execution-style murders of four women at Fairmont Terrace Apartments.
"We are here to totally take an offender or a client and show them a different way of life," said Tasha Krueger, with Inspira. "We are here to totally take an offender or a client and show them a different way of life," said Tasha Krueger, with Inspira.
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More than 110 criminals are off Tulsa streets after a massive two-month-long warrants sweep.

It was a joint effort between the U.S. Attorney's Office and other city and state agencies.

Most of the people arrested were wanted for felonies. Police also recovered 24 guns, along with drugs and cash. The focus of the sweep was stopping the violent crime that seems to plague the 61st and South Peoria area.

It was spurred by one of the most notorious incidents to take place in that area: the execution-style murders of four women at Fairmont Terrace Apartments.

"The events in January of this year at Fairmont Terrace were really just a small part of what we've seen citywide over the past decade," said Tulsa Police Chief Chuck Jordan.

6/27/2013 Related Story: Tulsa Multiagency Violent Crime Initiative Results In 110 Arrests

But this crackdown goes beyond putting people behind bars. Police plan to pick about 10 of those people arrested and help them turn their lives around.

From April to June, city, state and federal agencies have arrested more than 100 people. Most were wanted for felonies, but some are considered non-violent offenders.

"In the end, we've got to have prosecutions. We've got to take the most violent people off of the streets," said U.S. Attorney Danny Williams.

A Tulsa mentoring and counseling agency called Inspira will now step in and try to help transform the lives of some of the people arrested during this crackdown.

"We are here to totally take an offender or a client and show them a different way of life," said Tasha Krueger.

The program is designed to help clients with drug addiction and to help them finish their education and find a job.

"Our job is to take that offender and love on them a little bit. Everybody deserves a second chance," Krueger said.

The U.S. Attorney said this initiative started with the 61st and Peoria area, but they plan to also move to different parts of the city.

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