Josephine County Jail closure

Grants Pass, Ore., — Just weeks after a public safety levy in Grants Pass failed for the fifth time, Josephine County Commissioner Simon Hare warns the jail could close next year.

Josephine County Sheriff Dave Daniel says closing is the absolute last resort, but is possible if the county doesn’t find money.

But he is holding out hope commissioners will come up with funding.

“If they’re willing to allocate some of those funds towards the sheriff’s office, then we should be able to keep jail operations open. If I don’t receive those moneys, that impending doom is all together a possibility.” said Daniel.

Daniel says a closure would also affect the juvenile jail.

He will be requesting rural road funds in January to help keep them afloat, but it is not a long term solution.

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