Released Inmate, Instructed to Shelter-in-Place, Arrested for Leaving and Buying Alcohol

This is a press release from the Mendocino County Sheriff’s Office. The information has not been proven in a court of law and any individuals described should be presumed innocent until proven guilty:Mendocino County Sheriff's Office (MCSO) feature

On 07-10-2020, Mendocino County Chief Probation Officer Locatelli learned the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation had released an inmate from prison and had placed him in a hotel in Ukiah California. This subject, Richard Lovato, was released on Post Release Community Supervision (PRCS) to be supervised by the Mendocino County Probation Department.

Chief Locatelli, along with Mendocino County Sheriff Kendall, met with Lovato and provided him with instructions to shelter in place, abide by the terms of PRCS, and follow all orders of the Mendocino County Health Officer. Lovato was also fitted with an ankle monitor, which would show he was remaining where he was ordered to be.

At about 08:30 P.M. on 07-10-2020, Chief Locatelli returned to the hotel to meet with another subject who was released from prison and provide an ankle monitor and instructions to this subject as well. Upon completion of these duties, Chief Locatelli learned Lovato had left the location and purchased alcohol at a local convenience store. Chief Locatelli contacted Lovato as he returned from the store and found him to be in possession of alcoholic beverages. Lovato has a no-alcohol clause as a term of his PRCS release. Chief Locatelli arrested Lovato at the location and contacted the Mendocino County Sheriff’s Office Corrections Division, who responded to the location and took custody of Lovato.

Lovato was transported and booked into the Mendocino County Jail on a flash incarceration pursuant to 3454(c) PC. Lovato will be held in custody without bail for up to 10 days.



  • Gee if only we could have seen this coming somehow

  • Thanks CA DOC. We really appreciate your ongoing incompetent behavior by letting useless scumbags back out on the streets. Thanks CA legislators and Govenor for allowing this to happen. Maybe we should defund all of the above and create a budget surplus by not paying your salaries. This is what leadership by liberals looks like. Same song, not even a different verse. Just another blatant show of stupidity. Can’t blame Trump for any of this.

    • Industrial Disease

      Actually, yes we can. His poor decision making early in the pandemic and continued malfeasance in office has had a direct contribution to our current woes.

    • Re Alf: are you really blaming liberals for releasing these inmates? I’m not even liberal. These aren’t ALL liberals releasing the incarcerated… read the article about our Humboldt county sheriff releasing inmates, including some violent inmates yet, having $$$ & resources to raid pot growers. Feel free to move somewhere you assume has non-liberal leadership, why live somewhere you’re so miserable. Can’t blame Trump for any of this, really? I’m very conservative, not a cult member. You think Mendocino & Humboldt County justice system & sheriff’s are liberal? Smh

      • 🕯🌳I’ll second that. 🖖🇺🇸

      • Once again, you didn’t READ my comment. I didn’t say anything about local law enforcement, although Honsal is indeed incompetent. The inmate released wasn’t released by the Sheriff. He was released by the California DOC. The leaders of California at State level are indeed liberal and it is their policies that caused the release of prisoners. Please READ next time before responding or just keep your misrepresentation of what I say between you and your pot grow.

        • thatguyinarcata

          Much of our most maligned policies in this state around incarceration are a direct result of a state supreme court ruling that declared our insanely overcrowded prisons unconstitutional.

          This was caused mostly by the war on drugs, a conservative policy program generally, and its emphasis on criminalizing drug use. All of these reclassifications have been attempts to rectify this criminally excessive over incarceration.

        • alf you are the one who didn’t read the comment. you did not understand what Guest was saying. slow down a bit and read

      • “read the article about our Humboldt county sheriff releasing inmates”

        So what. He was elected by liberals.

        “why live somewhere you’re so miserable”

        It’s not easy uprooting your life. And not everyone is miserable living here. Some like it here; they just think liberals are irrational douchebags. I agree.

        ” I’m very conservative”

        Riiiiiiiight. Suuuuuure you are.

    • I am all for defunding the police. It would give the good citizens a chance to clean up their town. Who is going to stop you? no cops remember.

      • Are you crazy or just stupid? I had a neighbor that used to say the same thing not realizing that if that was the case he would be the first to be hung.

    • punkybrewstersmind

      You really need to talk to someone Alf. Your attempts at lib bashing are sad and ridiculous at this point. You really need some help. Seriously.

    • Ummm his sentence was upando he was released. Nothing liberal about it! He did a stupid thing and now he’s in our jail on fortunately

  • In Humboldt he could probably have his glock and an eight ball of meth and they would release him on site.

  • Iiddiiott

  • Who can actually deal with all this crazy, without some drink?

  • US Marine, no fear, no filter, no fks given.

    Leadership is from the top down. If Trump is leading our nation, then it is Trump that released them. Top down leadership…..hmm what a novel concept?

    • I am not a Trump fan. But he is not responsible for the release of inmates in California. I would wager he was against it.

    • The US Constitution set up a government structure called Federalism. Decentralized government was very intentional so local/state governments can take care of local/state issues. More so, the federal government is explicitly limited in its powers through the 10th Amendment. The foundation idea of the USA is the power of government comes from the People.

      “We the People of the United States, in Order to form a more perfect Union, establish Justice, insure domestic Tranquility, provide for the common defense, promote the general Welfare, and secure the Blessings of Liberty to ourselves and our Posterity, do ordain and establish this Constitution for the United States of America.”



  • 🕯🌳I see “not my potus”got broke down like a shot gun and is wearing a mask, Ha,Ha.🖖🇺🇸

  • Leo's should start policing themselves

    I heard somewhere that activists aren’t there to come up with a “palatable” slogan. They’re there to make a difference. Figuring out how to say, de- militirize police have public oversight into all incidents( they have body cameras right?) take some power out of their union (somehow) and allocate funds towards education and other programs, isn’t that easy to say,(or do apparently.) Defunding them isn’t the same as getting rid of them.

  • Why does this crack me up? A guy gets out of jail and wants to have a drink, so he arranges it. Who wouldn’t? Well, i wouldn’t, but it seems like a pretty normal way to celebrate. Too bad he was explicitly forbidden to do so, and he got caught! But it almost seems like an Onion headline.

  • Nice new feature, Kym– new to me, anyway– that keeps us from accidentally posting duplicate comments. Yay!

  • My question is who is paying for the hotel rooms for these people… Pretty sure you get $200 and a new ca ID card when you leave prison. $200 doesn’t go very far especially when you be on the drink lol.

  • For those that don’t follow the new: There is currently a massive outbreak of covid19 at California State prisons. A full one third of the inmates of San Quentin have tested positive and San Quentin inmates make up a sizable percentage of ICU patients in the entire Bay Area. CDC is paroling a large number of inmates, some that have been exposed to covid19. They are being sent to counties into quarantine. This is less than an ideal situation, but understandable. “It is what it is”.

  • Held without bail, that’s something humboldt doesn’t say often. Can we send our heroin smugglers to ukiah to be processed? Sounds like they actually do their job there.

  • Good comment. It is the state that is releasing criminals, not the federal govt. The sherrifs just follow the legal edicts. Look at the super majority democratic legislature and liberal governor for blame. Voting democrat means more criminals on the street, higher taxes and more business exiting the state. Thus, more poverty and more crime. California leads the nation in unemployment and low wages as a result of the left’s policies.

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