Josephine County Released Inmates Missing in Action

By Steven Sandberg GRANTS PASS, Ore. — Several inmates who were released from the Josephine County Jail have still not been found by corrections officers and officials say there may be no way to enforce their post-incarceration requirements. Officials say those men and women have not checked in with their scheduled work crews. Normally, if … 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. The jail’s maximum capacity is 120 inmates; with the failure of the public safety levy, the office is forced … Continue reading »

Josephine County Moves Funds to Help Sheriff’s Office

By Steven Sandberg GRANTS PASS, Ore, — The cash-strapped Sheriff’s Office of Josephine County is getting a little extra help. This week, the County Budget Committee decided to move $425,000 from the Public Works Department’s million-dollar road fund to help may for three sheriff’s deputies this year. The sheriff’s office says it helps slightly in … 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 »

Josephine County Facing Cuts Without Solutions

By Sharon Ko GRANTS PASS, Ore. — As the Josephine County Sheriff’s Department faces drastic cuts, county officials are discussing ways to prepare for it. The National Sheriffs’ Association says there’s not much it can do to help Josephine County. By the end of this month, the sheriff’s department will lose dozens of employees and … Continue reading »

Josephine County Deputies Have Busy Weekend With Crime, Safety Awareness Day

By Yessenia Anderson & Erin Maxson GRANTS PASS,Ore. — Josephine County Sheriff Deputies, who were given pink slips last week, are dealing with a reported kidnapping and a reported shooting. Two friends, one 13-year-old girl and one 14-year-old girl, say they went for a walk on Lofland Lane at 2 a.m. on Saturday morning. The … Continue reading »

Response Time Concerns In Wake of Josephine County Cuts

By Erin Maxson GRANTS PASS, Ore. — Soon, sheriff’s deputies won’t be the only emergency crews not responding in Josephine County. Severe cuts to the Josephine County Sheriff’s Office could also delay the response of firefighters and paramedics. With a drastic decrease in patrol deputies, from 25 to 4, with 3 of those contracted to … Continue reading »

Josephine County Sheriff’s Office Cut Deep

By Steven Sandberg GRANTS PASS, Ore. — A warning from the sheriff: law enforcement in Josephine County is about to change. Cuts are already being made to the sheriff’s office after a public safety levy fails in Tuesday’s election. Dozens of deputies and other employees have lost their jobs, and the sheriff says it’s only … Continue reading »

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