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Councilors to Decide Plan for Jail Beds

Grants Pass City CouncilGRANTS PASS, Ore. — The city council is considering a contract to rent jail beds, which would cost around 500 thousand dollars.

Monday afternoon, the Grants Pass Department of Public Safety laid out a plan to the city council. The department is looking to rent 30 jail beds from the Josephine County Sheriff’s Office. If councilors move forward with the contract, they plan to dip into the general fund and hold off on construction projects to pay for it. Chief Joe Henner says  while renting beds will help officers house criminals, the solution is temporary.

“Assuming that contract gets signed in 11 months, the contract will end and I think the council will be faced with the decision to again…reach back into the general fund and take more money out to extend the contract. Or are we hoping there will be a permanent fix at that time,” said Henner.

The city council will decide whether to approve the contract at their meeting Wednesday night. If council approves, the jail beds can be open as early as August 1st.