EUGENE, Ore. - The Lane County Sheriff’s Office announced as of February 3, 2018, it will add 50 jail beds, increasing their capacity from 317 to 367.
This is the fourth increase since the passage of the Public Safety levy in 2013.
That levy is to fund jail beds and youth detention and treatment services in Lane County.
Prior to that, the jail only had 125 beds and contracted out to other agencies.
The Sheriff's Office said the number of capacity based releases has dropped by 61.34%.
Deputies said the jail has also strengthened its focus on treatment services for inmates suffering from mental illness.
The jail also offers continuing education to help inmates get their GED.
They said three mental health specialists have also joined the jail to work on discharge planning with inmates, in an effort to decrease an inmate’s risk of re-offending.
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