Sheriff puts inmates to work getting jail beds ready to open

Sheriff puts inmates to work getting jail beds ready to open
Jail inmates paint cells at the Lane County Jail

EUGENE, Ore. - Fourteen people who lost their jobs at the Lane County Sheriff's Office have agreed to return to work after voters approved a tax levy to support opening more beds at the Lane County Jail.

The sheriff's office said it needs to hire 32 jail deputies and 6 support staff positions to reopen 131 beds by July 8, 2013.

The new beds will double the capacity for local inmates from 125 to 256.

Jail inmates have been put to work cleaning and painting cells and regrouting showers in the previously mothballed housing area, the sheriff said. The jail is equipping the housing unit with bedding and other jail furnishings.

The plan is to open the jail beds in two phases.

On July 1, 2013, the jail will open up 35 new beds.

On July 8, after the recalled staff has been given refresher training, 96 more beds will be reopened.

For information on employment opportunities within the Lane County Sheriff's Office visit http://jobs.lanecounty.org/