Lane County Seeks Public Safety Input

EUGENE, Ore. — If you have ideas about how public safety in Lane County can recover, county leaders want to hear from you.

The first step to repairing the public safety system–is funding solutions for the Lane County Jail. A two-part public input session will begin on stable funding solutions Tuesday night.

Commissioners and the public will hear about another comprehensive survey about what citizens in Lane County want when it comes to funding. This was done in the summer, but county commissioners decided last minute to hold off on placing a levy on the November ballot, although they were recommended to.

Sheriff Tom Turner says the newest survey results show support from the public to help up jail capacity.

A five-year levy would, at minimum, double the jail beds. To put it in perspective, average capacity for a jail in Oregon is 626 beds. Currently there are 135.

“Then we start moving toward being able to add back other things, other really necessary services that would really assist Lane County. For instance very little, well none, is talked about for patrol, but that’s one of the services we need to add back,” said Tom Turner, Lane County Sheriff.

From the DA’s office to patrol and youth services, each component is suffering. Sheriff Turner hopes this will make it to the ballot and pass. He says transparency would be key.

Bolstering federal timber payments is also up for discussion.

Commissioners and the sheriff say it’s very important they hear from you in person about how this should be handled. The first hearing is Tuesday, Jan. 29 at 5:30 p.m. at Harris Hall and then Wednesday, Jan. 30 at 9 a.m.

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  1. Shannon says:

    Yeah stop putting people in the jail for possession of drugs. Unless they have committed an actual crime that should have them locked up like rape, theft, assault fine their ass and let them go!!! Our police are more inclined to lock someone up for possession then they are for theft…dont believe it call them and tell them your car has been stolen, see what happens….then go downtown and bust out some weed or a pipe and see what happens…..they wont come to your house to take a report if your car is stolen and wont do anything to investigate even when they steal over $1000 worth of tools out of it but you will find yourself cuffed and stuffed for possession.

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