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Victims’ Voices of Josephine County – Story #6

Victims’ Voices of Josephine County – Story #6

By K. David Smith

This column is the sixth in a series that aims to give the human perspective behind the crisis in criminal justice funding in Josephine County, Oregon. For further information about this series, the background behind it, and the stories of other people who have been affected by the loss of public safety funding in the County, please click here.

http://securingoursafety.org/victim-crime-stats/

It was just a little while ago, when the air quality was so bad from the fires that you could barely see from 4th Street to 7th downtown. The streets were virtually empty, just a few cars sliding through the smoke like ghosts, and Grants Pass felt like a set for a volcano movie. Every HEPA filter and face mask in the valley had been bought out, and there was talk among pretty much everyone with kids who had enough money to pay for gas and a place to stay about whether or not to get the young ones out of town for the sake of their lungs. Not to mention the parents’ sanity – a week with no outside-time in the middle of the summer is a sure way to turn little kids into Tasmanian Devils in a hurry.

This family decided not to take any chances. Continue reading Victims’ Voices of Josephine County – Story #6

Victims’ Voices of Josephine County – Story #5

Victims’ Voices of Josephine County – Story #5

By K. David Smith

This column is the fifth in a series that aims to give the human perspective behind the crisis in criminal justice funding in Josephine County, Oregon. For further information about this series, the background behind it, and the stories of other people who have been affected by the loss of public safety funding in the County, please click here.

http://securingoursafety.org/victim-crime-stats/

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On Monday, July 22, a home in the Hugo area was robbed in broad daylight. Picked clean. The thieves took their time about it. All they left was the furniture. Continue reading Victims’ Voices of Josephine County – Story #5

Victims’ Voices of Josephine County – Story #4

Victims’ Voices of Josephine County – Story #4

By K. David Smith

This column is the fourth in a series that aims to give the human perspective behind the crisis in criminal justice funding in Josephine County, Oregon. For further information about this series, the background behind it, and the stories of other people who have been affected by the loss of public safety funding in the County, please click here.

http://securingoursafety.org/victim-crime-stats/

This is going to sound like something out of gangster fiction. Inevitably, there will be some who will scoff and say I made it all up. That’s fine. There are folks out there who firmly believe that there isn’t any serious crime in the county. There are others who are convinced that all this talk about crime is just scare tactics. The naysayers will no doubt have a field day with this story. So be it.

All I can tell you is that I didn’t make it up. I can’t prove the absolute truth of it, but I’ve checked around enough to believe that the basic outlines of the story are accurate, and that the suppositions and guesses that my sources have made are at least plausible. Continue reading Victims’ Voices of Josephine County – Story #4