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Jail Space Keeps Repeat Criminals on Streets

Jail Space Keeps Repeat Criminals on Streets

Posted: Jan 18, 2018 6:29 PM

Redding, Calif. -- A Shasta County man who’s been arrested more than 25 times over the last few years was back in court on Thursday.
27-year-old Robert Tyler’s record carries a series of felonies , including the fatal hit and run of a 15-year-old from Cottonwood back in 2015.
This was the stack of criminal records Action News Now dug through on Thursday.
Among these, you can find 12 felony charges and 6 misdemeanors, ranging from possession of drugs to a 2015 hit and run that resulted in the death of  15-year-old Aaron Mieger from Cottonwood.
In total, he's been in and out of prison and county jail more than 25 times.
The Custody Captain with Shasta County Sheriff’s Office says this unfortunately happens often and it’s because of court caps.
"Release people based on jail capacity," said Dave Kent. 
Adding they need to put these arrests on a hierarchy ranking the seriousness of the offense.
"We have to look at the totality of his arrest and say do we have the room for this person. Is it a public safety risk to have this person back out versus a person coming out on a domestic violence charge that's going to take that same bed," said Kent. 
Which then puts men like Tyler back out on the street.
And when we talked to people around town, they weren’t happy about it.
"It makes me feel outraged and terrified."
"I think too many people are getting spanked and let go. It's got to stop."
But as the sheriff’s office says, until they have more space they can’t do anything when the jail is at least 90 percent full.

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