Shelton Police partnered with Washington State Department of Corrections Wednesday to round up subjects wanted for violating terms of their parole. During the sweep, officers contacted eleven people with warrants, eight of those were booked in to jail for DOC violations. All subjects are convicted felons that have outstanding warrants for their arrest.
Shelton Police provided arrest teams throughout the city and targeted areas of Mason County. The Department of Corrections facilitated transport, and bookings at a jail in Thurston County. Department of Corrections has contracts with jails throughout Washington State that allows temporary custody of prisoners until they can be transported to a Department of Corrections facility. The City of Shelton currently has a contract and pays for seven beds at Mason County Jail, but at this time those beds can only be used for Misdemeanor or Municipal Court arrests. Due to the recent booking restrictions at Mason County Jail, both Shelton Police and Department of Corrections were unable to detain these parole violators locally.
During a difficult time, and with dwindling resources, the City of Shelton is committed to fostering partnerships and finding creative ways to keep our community safe. Department of Corrections and the Shelton Police Department will continue to periodically schedule these sweeps as resources allow and the need continues.