Jails Face High Health Costs for Inmates

GRANTS PASS, Ore. — Local jails already facing budget problems are now dealing with the high cost of health care for inmates. Jail officials say a single inmate can cost a county tens of thousands of dollars in medical bills. On Wednesday, Josephine County Sheriff Gil Gilbertson pulled three heavy files from his desk, dropping … Continue reading »

Online Jail Visitations In Josephine Co.

GRANTS PASS, Ore. — The Josephine County Jail is in the process of developing a system to allow inmates to visit with family members and friends via video chat. The jail is working with a website called “Inmate Canteen” to help loved ones create an approved account. Online visits will be available from 8 a.m. … Continue reading »

Josephine County Finalizes Budget for Fiscal Year

By Sharon Ko GRANTS PASS, Ore. — Josephine County is finalizing cut backs in all departments before the new fiscal year kicks in this Sunday. Since March, county officials have been prepping for the new fiscal year. They made that budget plan assuming the criminal justice tax levy would not pass, which in the end … Continue reading »

Josephine County Inmates Back on the Street

By Steven Sandberg GRANTS PASS, Ore. — The doors open at the Josephine County Jail, and dozens of inmates are back on the streets. Budget cuts to the Josephine County Sheriff’s Office force it to let 39 inmates out of their cells. Those inmates were released early this morning from the Josephine County Jail. With … Continue reading »

Inmates Released At Josephine County Jail

By Yessenia Anderson GRANTS PASS, Ore. — As layoffs continue to trickle down at the Josephine County Sheriffs Office, the jail is beginning to make preparations for those cuts, including releasing dozens of inmates to city streets.┬áThe jail’s maximum capacity is 120 inmates; with the failure of the public safety levy, the office is forced … Continue reading »

Plan to Reduce Inmates Moving Forward In Josephine County

By Sharon Ko GRANTS PASS, Ore. — With a lack of funding the Josephine County Jail is down sizing beds and releasing dozens of criminals. County officials got together Thursday morning to lay out a plan detailing how many inmates will stay in the jail to the legal issues that could arise once the jail … Continue reading »