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Shasta County Debuts Chronic Offender Accountability Program

The Shasta County District Attorney's Office is working with local law enforcement agencies to get some of the county's worst criminals behind bars.

Posted: Jan 17, 2019 5:30 PM

SHASTA COUNTY, Calif. -The Shasta County District Attorney's Office is working with local law enforcement agencies to get some of the county's worst criminals behind bars.

It's called the Chronic Offender Accountability Program and it will help make the most of the newly freed up jail beds here at the jail.

Nine beds have been set aside. Three are for Redding police, Anderson police and the sheriff's department's worst offenders. 

Each agency will then work with the District Attorney's Office to arrest and keep their worst repeat offenders in jail pending trial. 

Everyone is tired of people being arrested 10, 20, 30 or more times and then continuing to be on the streets," said Shasta County District Attorney Stephanie Bridgett. "Everyone's had enough and we've had enough. That's why we've come together to work on a solution." 

Redding Police Chief Roger Moore says its a small group of repeat offenders that place the biggest drain on his department's resources. 

The agencies have already identified their top offenders. Some have already been arrested and some they're looking to arrest right now.

Over time, the district attorney and the sheriff hope to dedicate more jail beds for this program to focus on more criminals at one time.

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