EUGENE, Ore. — Public safety levy funds will soon start flowing to the Lane County Sheriff’s jail.
On Monday, 35 extra beds will be in the jail, and a week later there will be another 96. Currently, there are 125 jail beds available. Sgt. Steve French of the Lane County Sheriff’s Office says that extra space will make the community a safer place.
“It reduces the number of individuals who are being released into the community. Those with the highest risk score are the individuals who are going to be staying in custody,” says French.
Prisoners who have already been released will not be recalled. In recent months, criminals have been released from the jail due to overcrowding.