BOISE, Idaho (KBOI) - Just because someone's wanted for a crime, that doesn't mean they'll get picked up for it. That's the loophole found in Canyon County arrest warrants. People wanted for crimes in Canyon County can in many cases avoid arrest by simply crossing the county lines into Ada.
The Canyon County Jail is already overcrowded and only has room for mostly violent offenders. So if one of its wanted men or women is found in Ada County, Canyon County usually won't take him or her back.
The Boise Police Department says it's had several cases in the past month in which its officers have run someone's record and found that person has a warrant out for his or her arrest in Canyon County. But without special permission from the Canyon County Jail, police in Boise can't take the person in.
"We work hard in the criminal justice system to hold people accountable for their actions and the solution should not be displacement and giving sanctuary to those who don't want to live by our laws," said Boise Police Chief Mike Masterson.
"I sympathize with Chief Masterson's concerns, as well as those of all other law enforcement agencies in the Treasure Valley," said Canyon County Sheriff Kieran Donahue. "My Office will continue to work with our law enforcement partners in Ada County and elsewhere to handle extraditions on a case by case basis to ensure that violent criminals are kept off the streets whenever possible."