Cash strapped rural counties – caused either by a drop off in timber harvesting or economic damage from the recession – are suffering rising crime rates – and some of them deadly dangerous. Whether in sparsely populated Eastern Oregon or in the southwest part of the state, local sheriff’s and police departments have had to lay of officers in the field, jailers in the courthouse and prosecutors to deliver justice. And as a result, criminals have recently gotten away with murder.
Citizens are outraged. Some have even tempted to take the law into their own hands.
These frightening trends have been captured clearly in this article in the Oregonian. Click here.