Category Archives: Education & Facts

The State of Josephine County’s Safety and SOS, 2015-2016

Dear Josephine County residents,

Thank you for your hard work over the last year. Looking back at 2015 we have much to celebrate and probably needless to say we also have a lot of work ahead to fulfill our mission and help JoCo get back on its feet.

Please CLICK HERE for our year end 2015 letter, assessing 2015 and discussing the outlook for projects in 2016.

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WHAT SAY YOU?

MISSION: “A citizen-voiced plan to provide for a secure, stable and sustainable Josephine County.”

www.securingoursafety.org

SOS Makes Economic Development Recommendation to the JoCo Board of County Commissioners

August 1, 2013

Josephine County, Board of County Commissioners

Re:  Economic Development Efforts and the County’s Natural Resources

Dear Commissioners,

By now, you are well aware of the fiscal crisis we are facing and that SOS is working on many fronts for solutions that can assist the County in restoring its health.  We have understood since coming together and forming this organization over a year ago that it would take a series of solutions to restore the Criminal Justice programs and overall health back to the County.  This request focuses on efforts within your control that can make a long-term positive impact on the County and targets one of our greatest assets, our natural resources. Continue reading SOS Makes Economic Development Recommendation to the JoCo Board of County Commissioners

Introducing the Weekly Column – Victims’ Voices of Josephine County

Victims’ Voices of Josephine County

By K. David Smith

This column introduces a weekly series whose aim is to give the human perspective behind the crisis in criminal justice funding in Josephine County, Oregon. In May, 2012, the voters of Josephine County rejected a ballot measure that would have increased property taxes to partially replace lost federal subsidies that had long funded the operations of the County’s Sheriff’s Office, District Attorney, Jail, and Juvenile Justice Center. As a result, more than 90 criminal justice personnel were let go, jail capacity was greatly reduced, and many crimes went unpunished. Continue reading Introducing the Weekly Column – Victims’ Voices of Josephine County