MEDFORD, Ore. — In April, the Jackson County Sheriff's Office stepped up a weekly effort to circulate the names and faces of five repeat 'Failure to Appear' offenders—then keep a few beds open in the County Jail for when those offenders showed up.
Now, the Jackson County District Attorney says, that initiative is showing results. The 'Top 5' program has resulted in the detainment of 14 people so far. According to the D.A., those 14 arrests alone have saved the court system from total loss on 166 cases and 580 missed court dates—all tied to those individuals.
The Jackson County Jail has been saving 5 to 10 beds for these offenders since the initiative began, so that they always have a place to be held until they can be processed through the court system. Bail—because these offenders have a track record of failures to appear in court—is prohibitively high.
The 'Top 5' are chosen specifically because of the sheer number of warrants out for their arrest. Most of those warrants are directly related to charges of Failure to Appear, although they originated with (and potentially include numerous) charges related to any number of crimes.