Grants Pass Approves More Fees For Jails

GRANTS PASS, Ore. — The Grants Pass City Council unanimously voted to pass an ordinance increasing utility fees to residents and businesses to pay for more jail beds on Wednesday night. The new fee will bring in $972,000 to purchase more jail beds in the Josephine County Jail. At the meeting, there was little opposition … Continue reading »

City Explores Options for Jail Beds

GRANTS PASS, Ore. — Since August, the city of Grants Pass has rented up to 30 jail beds in an effort to cut down on the number of offenders who are cited and released. That contract will end on July 1st and now city officials are looking for ways to keep those jail beds open. … Continue reading »

Jail Beds Reserved for Addicted Inmates

MEDFORD, Ore. — No start date has been set, but in the coming weeks, up to 24 beds at the Jackson County Jail will be used for addictions treatment. Josephine County also wants to get on board, and will be renting three beds for their inmates. Josephine County will pay $100 a day per bed … Continue reading »

Levy Would Add Jail Beds, Raise Taxes

GRANTS PASS — Another levy is on this May’s ballot to help fund the Josephine County Jail. While the sheriff said the additional funding would greatly help his office, some are residents against it. Just a couple of years ago, the Josephine County Sheriff’s Office had 98 full-time employees. Friday, Sheriff Gil Gilbertson looked at … Continue reading »

Grants Pass Will End Jail Bed Rentals

GRANTS PASS, Ore. — Since last summer, up to 30 jail beds for those arrested just in the city limits of Grants Pass have been reserved at the Josephine County Jail. Now, as officials prepare for next year’s budget, they said that funding won’t return. Last August, the days of cite and release ended in … Continue reading »

Jail Beds are Costing Community

  GRANTS PASS, Ore. — Kristine Quicker brings her grandchildren to parks in Grants Pass. “But parks, parks are the fundamental things of the family’s,” Quicker commented. “This is a place where you can come and it doesn’t cost any money to come and have a picnic.” For her, keeping her grandchildren safe is important. … Continue reading »

Councilors to Decide Plan for Jail Beds

GRANTS 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 … Continue reading »

Public Safety Closer To Extra Money

GRANTS PASS, Ore. — Public safety leaders from all different service agencies gathered together to decide how to spend nearly half a million dollars. “We are all basically in bad shape. We are in a crisis mode here in our county,” said District Attorney, Stephen Campbell. With $450,000 in extended timber payments, county commissioners passed … Continue reading »