Ballots are set to be mailed out the first week of May, and levy committees aren’t wasting time pushing their measures.
Despite the rain, supporters of the Measure 20-213 levy were out in full force Friday outside of the Lane County Jail. They kicked off their campaign to keep dangerous sex offenders and other violent criminals behind bars rather than in the community.
Sheriff Tom Turner teamed up with District Attorney Alex Gardner to rally the troops. Several local organizations were also there to voice their opposition to the continued early release of county criminals on a daily basis.
“I think the biggest thing is for people to take the time to understand how out of whack we are, because this won’t even get us up to half of normal for just jail capacity not even all the other issues we were talking about. So this is a profound need,” Gardner said.
While the five-year levy won’t fix all the sheriff’s office’s problems, supporters say it’s a step in the right direction. And they’re encouraging voters to learn all they can before turning in their ballots.
The measure’s passage will result in the maintenance of at least 255 local jail beds.