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Two Released Inmates Return to Jail

EUGENE, Ore. — Lane County released 32 inmates Thursday due to a lack of beds.

Within 24 hours, two are accused of re-offending. Officers re-arrested one within just an hour of his release, and the other was arrested less than a day after getting out.

One of the men, Christopher Weaver, who allegedly robbed a bank less than an hour after his release, and now a second inmate, Steven Berry, (right) is back in custody after allegedly breaking into cars.

Of the hundreds of inmates released, deputies say they haven’t had any re-offend this quickly.

Weaver will stay put for a while since he is being held on federal charges and will stay in a rented bed, but the other inmate could be released at any time.

“The fact that this person was let out yesterday, and just with the addition of these two, rather small charges in the grand scheme of things, there is a large likelihood this person could be released in the next couple of days,” said Sgt. Carrie Carver, Lane County Sheriff’s Office.

Since the bed closures began, the county has shut down the jail’s four smaller housing areas. Deputies say if they have to close more, they only have three left to pick from–two areas housing over 100 inmates and their high-security section.

These most recent releases were caused by a lost contract the jail used to have with the U.S. Marshals. So unless the jail finds new sources of revenue, it might have to start closing those bigger housing areas, letting out inmates with more severe offenses.

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