Man arrested 32 times, mug shots dating back to 2015
REDDING, Calif. —
25 year-old Spencer Taylor from Redding has eight mugshots, dating back to 2015. His criminal history dates back to 2009, according to Redding Police.
Officals said he was arrested and booked into the Shasta County Jail 32 times and was arrested 10 times, in 2017.
Shasta County Criminal Records counted 8 felonies and 1 misdemeanor, from 2016 to 2018.
Shasta County District Attorney, Stephanie Bridgett said in this case, so many felonies, it isn't something new or surprising.
"We are in an environment now, which unfortunately is not uncommon. And that's really because of the change in the laws that's making it more and more tough to keep people in jail, particularly when they're are dealing with crimes like this... stolen vehicles, it's becoming more and more difficult. The jail as we know is full and we can't send a lot of these cases off to state prison anymore so we ended up with these people getting out and being free in our community, to continue to commit this exact type crime," Bridgett said.
However, Bridgett said what Taylor has been charged with recently, made a difference.
"Now he's at a point, where he has picked up significant amount of correct type cases, that are now prison, state prison eligible," Bridgett said.
Bridgett said since Taylor was charged with possession of a firearm, it made him eligible, but the other crimes did not.
"He's had many arrests and many cases in the past where he wasn't state prison eligible, because your typical vehicle theft is not something that after the passage of AB-109, Prop 47 and you just kind of go through all of those changes in the law. It's gotten us to the point," Bridgett said.
Shasta County Sheriff, Tom Bosenko said in some cases when Taylor was released, it was not due to lack of bed space.
"Some of these cases too, he was serving time on prior commitment. He had served his time and then was released," Sheriff Bosenko said.
However, the level of crime still dictates which offenders are placed in jail.
"There's is a matrix that our staff uses in the jail that is the type of crime...level of crime or there's a misdemeanor of felony and then type of crime that involves property crime or crime of violence... And then look at our capacity which is often times exceeding 90-percent and don't have any beds available with the amount of bookings coming in," Sheriff Bosenko said.