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Gridley Police Chief reacts to early inmate release in city

A state move to release prisoners back into our communities took Gridley Police by surprise.

Posted: Jul 17, 2020 6:48 PM

BUTTE COUNTY, Calif.- Inmates across the country are being released early due to coronavirus risks. Here at home, at least one town has already been impacted.

Gridley Police Chief Rodney Harr told Action News Now that they never received proper notification that three inmates would be coming to Gridley. He said, "Approximately a week ago we received information that one of our local hotels was receiving inmates under an early release program called Project Hope."

Rick Libby, lives in Butte County, he says, "I just think it’s ridiculous they are releasing people from prison and putting them in a small community like this."

Chief Harr says they are supposed to be notified of any early prison releases ahead of time.

"That gives us time to prepare and notify any victims in the area that their perpetrator is being released to give them time to prepare."
But he says in this case, that did not happen.

He says there were a total of three inmates released in Gridley. They came from a California State Prison.

He says they are no longer in the city of Gridley, once the hotel learned what the project was all about they pulled their contract. Chief Harr says Inmates have a right to go back to areas they resided. He says,  Butte County will likely get released inmates due to the current situation. But he says with everything that has occurred this will be now done properly and correctly and all released inmates will be supervised at all times. 

Chief Harr says, "We will do what we need to do to make notifications and make this the safest community possible. Those individuals will be supervised by a Butte County Probation officer or other officer. They will be under supervision. We will know where they are at and what they are doing."

Chief Harr did not specify where the three inmates were taken but says one resided in Yuba-Sutter county. 

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