Council Considers Safety Zone Options

EUGENE, Ore. — Eugene City Council was presented with plans by a committee to develop a path to end the Downtown Public Safety Zone.

The council has eight different strategies to consider to address the negative impacts of the ordinance’s expiration. One idea is the creation of a community court to provide alternatives to sentencing options for certain crimes.

“It’s designed to address community specific problems, reduce crimes, strengthen neighborhoods, support victims and improve public trust and justice. It reduces the timeline to resolve a case where it might take two to three months,” said Cheryl Stone, Eugene Municipal Court Administrator.

Unless action is taken, the ordinance will end on Nov. 30.

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