Catch and Release

In both a story and an editorial in the Manteca Bulletin yesterday about three young men arrested for impersonating police and false imprisonment (felonies) is the unsourced claim that the men couldn’t be booked into the jail because it was overcrowded.

According to the Sheriff’s Office, on Tuesday there were 1,340 people held at the jail, which has an official capacity of 1,411.

On Wednesday, when Stockton police took a woman to the County Jail for shoplifting a purse from Dillard’s, there were 1,314.

And News10’s Tim Daly ran a little bit last night about how the County Jail is not overcrowded. There is usually a decline in the jail population around the holidays, and crime does drop during the winter, but this year it has remained low longer than usual. Last year the holiday dip lasted until Jan. 8.

So why didn’t the police impersonators go to jail? Manteca police spokesman Rex Osborn said the men were booked at the city’s jail, cited and released from there. Osborn said the Manteca Police Department considers a number of factors when deciding whether to take someone to the County Jail, not just whether it is crowded.

This entry was posted in Manteca Police Department, San Joaquin County Sheriff's Office and tagged . Bookmark the permalink. Post a comment

Post a Comment

You must be logged in to post a comment.

We reserve the right to remove any content at any time from this Community, including without limitation if it violates the Community Rules. We ask that you report content that you in good faith believe violates the above rules by clicking the Flag link next to the offending comment or fill out this form.