There has been a lot of political talk about the Lane County Jail lately. Political foes and community activists are crying foul as inmates are getting out faster than the jail budget can swell to keep the most violent offenders in the local lockup.
The people of Springfield went to great lengths to pass a budget and voter approved measure to build their own city jail to hold the most criminal neglect offenders. Springfield Police had complained of long lines and waiting for their own suspects to be booked into the Lane Co. Jail as the county as told the public and local Law Enforcement Agencies that there is no money in the county budget or beds available to hold everyone’s smarty pants and wiseguys.
Offenders are getting out quicker than mother nature can count, before trail and sentencing. This makes it a political salvo with the most dangerous offenders on the lam to skip out on their sentencing and custody hearings – making them a prime candidate as a fugitive from justice.
Just how does the Lane County and thirty-four Oregon counties see a price to pay for early releases and dangerous offenders getting out or skipping their bail and sentencing hearing to commit another serious crime before they’re ever locked up in a steel jail cell for life.
Lane County is hopping heavily with earlier releases – budget cuts in all areas of Law Enforcement from patrol to corrections has everyone by the tail. I can’t remember in my time of age, where the county was this bad with pre-release offenders? Only Wyatt Earp would know any better than the gunfight at the OK Corral with the Clayton’s. Oregon needs to do something about the release population that needs to be kept behind bars before it becomes a uncontrollable salvo in each of the thirty-five Oregon Counties.
Perhaps, we need a new town marshal to help with delicate matters – the answer, call in the bounty hunters and get those smarty pants back into custody and get the job done, like it should be done.