EUGENE, Ore. — The Lane County Sheriff’s Office levy was passed and work is now being done to hire staff and prepare for more jail beds. The Sheriff’s Office says the staffing and increase in jail beds will come in two phases, ending with the reopening of 131 more jail beds by July 8.
To keep costs down, inmate workers are helping with tasks like cleaning and painting the cells.
There are 14 previously laid-off sheriff’s deputies who will return to work and the Sheriff’s Office will conduct a second recruitment to fill the 32 deputy sheriff positions paid for by the levy.
The Sheriff’s Office says while the jail beds won’t eliminate early relseases, they will allow the jail to hold more violent offenders rather than release them into the community.