JACKSON COUNTY, Ore.- Sheriff Nate Sickler says people with multiple open warrants and missed court dates waste county money. Starting this week, it will publicize the top five chronic failure-to-appear (FTA) offenders in Jackson County each week.
Sickler says, "People don't have any incentive to show up to court because they are not held in jail when they do not appear."
That's why the Sheriff's Office is posting the Top 5 "chronic failure to appear in court" offenders each week.
Sickler says, "In 2017, I think we entered over 4000 failed to appear warrants and Medford was in a similar boat I don't know their exact number but they had a significant amount as well so that takes resources from the courts and our staff."
The Sheriff's Office thinks over time, this program will cut down on the amount of warrants out in the county.
Sickler says, "It's really showing us what it would be like if we had adequate bed space all the time instead of these cases being open for years because they keep failing to appear now there was I'll be in Weeks so we're seeing some good success from this."
Sheriff's Sickler says this program doesn't alleviate the need to build a new jail, but it helps the county make good use of the resources it has right now.
The Jackson County Sheriff's Office is working with local agencies and courts on a solution to help minimize the burden to the local criminal justice system that is created when defendants repeatedly fail to appear in court.
Sheriff Sickler has allocated jail beds for the program to keep chronic offenders in custody - preventing repeat offenses and ensuring their cases have the opportunity to be resolved.
Anyone who knows the whereabouts of someone on the list is asked to call dispatch at (541) 776-7206.