MEDFORD, Ore. — The Jackson County Sheriff’s Office is addressing public concerns after it released two inmates facing drug charges from jail.
Last month, Oregon State Police stopped two men in Jackson County who it says were found with nearly 20 pounds of meth in their car.
After being arraigned, the sheriff’s office says ICE placed a civil detainer on the men.
But the sheriff’s office says, by law, it’s unable to honor these kinds of detainers. That’s been the case for last 5 years.
The sheriff’s office says it does, however, hold people if ICE has a criminal warrant for inmates.
In the end, the sheriff’s office says they didn’t have enough space to hold the two men.
The sheriff’s office says a lack of jail space is a problem that’s been made even worse by COVID-19 concerns, leading the agency to make tough decisions and release more inmates than usual.
Amanda Rose is a multimedia journalist for NBC5 News. Amanda graduated from Columbia University earning a Master’s degree in Journalism. She also received a Bachelor’s degree in English with a specialization in literature from the University of British Columbia.
She’s a Los Angeles native, but is thrilled to return to the beautiful Pacific Northwest and is passionate about reporting on the criminal justice system.