Josephine County begins releasing county jail inmates – recent tax election failed – county says it’s out of money
Josephine County’s jail is being reduced by approximately 40 jail inmates today (roughly half the jail population) as cutbacks in jail staffing and deputy sheriff’s on the streets of the county kick in. Among the released inmates are those charged with robbery, assault and sex crimes. A county ballot initiative that would have raised local property taxes to partially make up for disappearing federal timber support payments failed, so county officials say they have no choice. Not only are they partially emptying the jail, the Sheriff is reducing the number of patrol deputies from 25 down to 6.
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