Jackson Co. Jail reports state’s highest overcrowding releases over last 6 years

JACKSON COUNTY, Ore. —For the last six years, the Jackson County Jail has reported the highest amount of releases due to overcrowding in the state. JCSO says from 2016 through 2021 its jail has averaged more than 5,000 overcrowding releases per year.

The over 30,000 forced releases are the most overcrowding-related releases reported from any jail in Oregon during this time period. Starting Wednesday JCSO will provide updates on social media showing a snapshot of the people recently released from the Jackson County Jail, due to overcrowding.

This information can be seen through social media, including the total number of adults-in-custody released that day as well as their individual charges. More than half of the jail’s population is ineligible for pre-trial release due to the nature of their charges, according to JCSO.

This population includes measure 11 offenders awaiting trial for murder, manslaughter, sex offenses, and other serious crimes.

The jail’s been overcrowded for years. Sheriff Nathan Sickler attempted to get public support for a new facility in the May 2020 election. The measure overwhelmingly failed, with more than 70% of voters opposing the tax. The timing may have played a role, as the pandemic had just begun.

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Jenna King is the 6pm anchor and our Feature Reporter at 10pm and 11pm for NBC5 News. Jenna is a Burbank, CA native. She graduated from the University of Oregon with a degree in Broadcast Journalism and a minor in Sports Business. During her time at Oregon she was part of the student-run television station, Duck TV. She also grew her passion for sports through her internship with the PAC 12 Network. When Jenna is not in the newsroom you can find her rooting for her hometown Dodgers, exploring the outdoors or binging on the latest Netflix release.
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