Lane County

Eugene Judge Rules In Favor Of Protesters

Aug 8, 2013

A Eugene municipal judge has ruled that Lane County officials were wrong to close the Wayne Morse Free Speech Plaza to protesters last December.

The administrator for Lane County, Ore., government has taken paid leave after questions about her paycheck were raised.

Lane County Public Safety Measure Passes

May 22, 2013

The Lane County levy for jail and youth services passed with 56%. KLCC’s Lucy Ohlsen was at the yes-on-213 watch party, where Sheriff Thomas Turner celebrated with supporters.

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Lane County residents will vote this May on a property tax measure to fund jail beds. The Board of Commissioners Tuesday decided to put a five year public safety levy on the ballot. It was a 4 to 1 vote.

Lane County May Put Jail Levy On May Ballot

Feb 6, 2013

The Lane County Board of Commissioners will make a final decision next week on a property tax levy to fund jail beds.

Rachael McDonald / KLCC

The Lane County Sheriff expects to have to cut more jail beds next year and the year after that. In two years, the county may have only 26 beds for local offenders and no sheriff's patrols. With the current 135 local beds, offenders are being released from the jail after serving only hours.

Rachael McDonald / KLCC

Nearly 100 inmates of the Lane County Jail will be released this week. Not because they've served their time, but because the county can't afford to keep them. This after commissioners cut nearly $100 million from the general fund.

Lane County To Cut Budget By More Than 15 Million

May 23, 2012

Like many Northwest counties, Lane County is experiencing a budget shortfall. The county Budget Committee has approved more than 15 million dollars in cuts to youth services, the sheriff's office and medical examiner among others. Desmond O'Boyle has more.

Budget Cuts Force DA to Close County Coroner's Office

Apr 24, 2012
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The Lane County District Attorney, in Oregon, will have to close the medical examiner's office and cut back drastically on criminal investigations. The DA faces a 25 percent reduction in its budget for next year.