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County jail to close 35 more beds

Posted: Friday, Nov 2nd, 2012

Lane County Sheriff Tom Turner announced Wednesday his intent to cut 35 more jail beds at the Board of County Commissioners meeting.

The cut comes from an unanticipated shortage in revenue arising from a decrease in the number of jail beds rented by the U.S. Marshals. Fewer rented jail beds means at least a $750,000 revenue shortage this fiscal year.

The reduction will bring the jail capacity down to 135 beds for local offenders. The Sheriff’s Office was already operating well below state and national standards prior to this upcoming closure.

In order to have the same per capita number of funded county jail beds that other counties in Oregon have, Lane County would need 626 beds for local offenders.

The 35-bed closure results in the layoffs of three deputy sheriffs, as well as eliminating three other vacant positions.

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