Jail capacity restored in Lane County

Jail capacity restored in Lane County

Jail capacity restored in Lane County

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by Associated Press

kgw.com

Posted on June 24, 2013 at 11:33 AM

EUGENE, Ore. -- The revolving door at the Lane County Jail is expected to slow. Voters approved a property tax increase in May, so the sheriff's office is restoring jail capacity lost to budget cuts.

The Eugene Register-Guard reports the number of beds will nearly double.

The department says it hopes nobody accused of serious crimes under Oregon's mandatory minimum sentence law will be released early.

The jail has released more than a dozen such inmates early this year because of overcrowding.

Fourteen deputies who lost their jobs last year are headed back to work.

Public safety budgets have been slashed in much of Oregon's timber country as federal subsidies expired. Most voters, though, have refused to raise taxes.

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