Members of the Contra Costa Sheriff’s Department has confirmed that deputies have arrested a number of violent offenders in a recent warrant sweep.
The multi-county effort included other area sheriff’s departments. Those who were taken into custody by local agencies have since been booked into the Martinez Detention Facility. Many of those arrested are known gang members who have long rap sheets.
Department officials said that these types of operations are necessary if they want to reduce gang related violence. These types of individuals need to be watched closely while they are out on probation or working with a parole officer. The state’s prisoner realignment program, which was implemented in Oct. 2011 has caused countless numbers of non-violent, non-sexual and non-serious offenders to be transferred from prisons to county jails.
Local jails have started to burst at the seams and have been forced to release many inmates before their sentences are up. This is putting felons, gang members and drug offenders back on the streets. As long as they stay on the straight and narrow, they won’t have any problems.
On the other hand, those who choose to violate the terms of their release will be taken back into custody.
The names of the recent arrestees reportedly have not been released. Authorities have not said how many of these individuals are part of the realignment program or how many of them were wanted for fresh crimes.
The Contra Costa Sheriffs have said they will continue to participate in these types of operations in order to make sure that local streets remain safe.