All parts of the Josephine County criminal justice system took a big hit with the 2012 loss of federal timber (SRS) funds that used to provide revenue to these programs. The County’s adult jail was no exception, and cutting back on the ability to take alleged criminals to jail due to budget cuts has had a massive effect on all law enforcement agencies that operate in Josephine County.
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Take a look at the following stats from the Grants Pass Police, keeping in mind they only have 28 total jail beds to use under a special contract with the jail:
Continue reading Josephine County Adult Jail Statistics • Part 1, November 2016
Does the Sheriff Really Have to Stand Alone?
by Frank Morin
With yet another levy on the upcoming ballot in May, questions and opinions are again swirling around Grants Pass and Josephine County about public safety. Supporters of the levy point to a wave of crime that has swept the county, including recent murders and a sharp spike in home invasions, thefts and burglaries as ample evidence that we need a functioning public safety department. Opponents of the levy voice distrust of the county government, opposition to any new taxes, or confidence in their ability to protect their own property with their personal arsenal of guns.
Funding public safety is a major concern for the county, one we’ve struggled to find the right solution to. There’s lots of sometimes-wild claims thrown around as fact, lots of anecdotal evidence, and many people who stubbornly cling to a position without bothering to learn the truth.
So I decided to go to the source of on-the-ground information. Sheriff Dave Daniel, the man we recently elected to take the reins of a mostly-shuttered Sheriff’s department. Who better than the sheriff to answer questions about the reality of the situation in the county?
Continue reading Does the Sheriff Really Have to Stand Alone?
It’s that time of year again: another tax levy to fund justice in the county.
Three times levies have made it to the ballot since funding for our justice system was pulled, and four times they’ve been defeated. What’s different this time around?
Quite a bit, actually.
After the last levy failed to pass by a narrow margin, and as the lack of a functioning justice system has created escalating problems in the county, it became clear a new approach was needed.
That’s where Community United for Safety came in.
“Community United for Safety is a large group of Josephine County residents, businesses and organizations that have come together to place a Public Safety Measure on the May 19, 2015 ballot.”
One of the big problems with previous levies was the flurry of negative reports that often arose from lack of communication and misunderstandings about how the raised funds would be spent. Community United for Safety has been working to spread accurate information, teaming up with other local groups like Securing Our Safety .
Continue reading A New Levy – With a Catch
We reported on the growing heroin problem back in January of this year. ( previous article ) So, have things gotten better? No.
Latest statistics from Stephen Campbell at the DA’s office show that the problem is only increasing.
2014 January through September: 143 cases. (Already another 13% over last year)
2013: 127 cases (410% increase over previous year. That’s a Heroin case EVERY 3 DAYS)
2012: 31 cases (61% increase over the previous year)
2011: 19 cases
So this year we’ve already exceeded last year’s huge heroin case load by another 13%. That puts us on track to end the year with at least 170 heroin cases, or a heroin case about every other day.
That will be a 33% increase over last year and 895% increase since 2011, before the justice levy failed.
Continue reading Growing Heroin Problem