Good & Bad News For Two Southern Oregon County Jails

, Posted: Thu, September 20 2012 at 8:11 AM, Updated: Thu, September 20 2012 at 8:43 AM

County commissioners in Josephine County are expected to meet Thursday morning.

On the agenda, a vote which could increase the number of beds in the Josephine County Jail by 39.

The county released a number of inmates in June due to budget cuts.

The vote will determine the maximum number of inmates, determine emergency jail population and a plan for resolving emergencies.

The meeting is expected to begin around 9:00 am in the Josephine County Courthouse.

Meanwhile, problems are looming for officials in Curry County.

Sheriff John Bishop says due to recent budget cuts, a shortage of staff and an overcrowded jail, a number of inmates from the county jail will soon be released.

While the number of inmates to be released is unclear at this point, he says they will also begin to cut deputy patrol hours and stop responding to less severe crimes.

In July, the Curry County Board of Commissioners readjusted the county budget so that the jail could remain open until July 1, 2013.

Sheriff Bishop says that the cuts will begin immediately, however they will happen in stages so the county can adjust.

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