Press Release Contact: Maria Orozco, Redding Rancheria 530-227-7718
The Redding Rancheria announced today it will provide in excess of $200,000 in funding for additional staff in the Shasta County District Attorney’s Office to assist in prosecuting misdemeanor “quality of life” crimes in the cities of Redding, Anderson, Shasta Lake and the County of Shasta.
Local government representatives have been collaborating to find a solution to the issues that communities have been facing due to an increasing number of misdemeanor violations, and the need to hold offenders accountable. Through those meetings, it was clear that a critical need is augmenting District Attorney staffing to allow for prosecution of such crimes, which include theft, drug possession, illegal camping, dumping, and others. Rancheria leaders, looking to assist the community, quickly stepped in to provide the needed financial assistance.
As a result, the Rancheria will provide funding to hire a full-time “community prosecutor” along with support staff to pursue such offenders and bring them to justice. The prosecutor will be responsive to violations forwarded by law enforcement in the three cities and unincorporated area.
“The Tribal Council has been looking for an opportunity to support something that would make a difference in the community. Safety is of the utmost importance to the Tribe and this opportunity was a perfect fit. We are proud to play a part in supporting our local governments in this endeavor” Tracy Edwards CEO
A formalized partnership among the local jurisdictions will be necessary and negotiated in the near future. Funding will support the additional staff for at least one year of this multi-year need.
Increased crime, particularly misdemeanors, have been attributed to changes at the state level and put additional pressure on law enforcement and prosecutors. Assembly Bill 109 transferred responsibility for housing some offenders to local jails; Proposition 47 reduced specified crimes from felonies to misdemeanors; and Proposition 57 gave the state authority to release up to 30,000 inmates from prison back to communities.