In hopes to keep two felons off the streets, Mobile Police Chief James Barber wrote letters to the State of Alabama Board of Pardons and Paroles, according to a July 3 press release.

Barber, serving as a representative of the citizens of Mobile, urged the Board to deny early parole to two felons who have both committed violent felonies in the city.

According to the press release, Lawrence Dwayne Roscoe was convicted of murder and first-degree robbery in October 2000 and sentenced to spend life in prison.

Roscoe was arrested by the MPD on eight other felonies, with three of them being violent robberies, between 1996 and his most recent arrest in 2000.

The press release named Frank Moore Howard as the second man eligible for early parole. In November 2012, Howard was found guilty of two counts of first-degree robbery and sentenced to 10 years in prison.

The MPD arrested Howard 16 times, with five of those arrests being violent felonies, before his final arrest landed him in prison. In addition, Howard was named as a key suspect in 27 other cases.

“Our community is a better place because [Roscoe and Howard reside] in your facility,” Barber stated in the letters.

Howard is eligible for parole on July 8, 2014 and Roscoe is eligible on July 22, 2014.