GRANTS PASS, Ore. — Officers are forced to release offenders back into the city limits because of a lack of jail space.
The Grants Pass Department of Public Safety says the goal is to remove the offender from the victim and reduce the chances of that person repeating another crime. But they say the specific drop-off sites are not deterring offenders.
Officers are releasing criminals from the jail parking lot, the police department near N.W. 5th street and the south east police sub-station. Police are discovering the criminals are still causing problems. They say the drop-off sites are located near businesses and residences. Police say they are often citing and releasing the same offenders multiple times a day.
“It’s a lot harder for them to be out there and be proactive and try to prevent some of this stuff. a lot of times we just end up chasing the call and you don’t get much time to get ahead of the crimes and prevent and catch the people you’re looking for,” said Lt. Jim Hamilton.