COOS BAY, Ore -- The Coos County Jail has officially doubled its capacity by opening up 49 additional beds.
Sheriff Craig Zanni announced that as of midnight Thursday the Coos County Jail doubled the number of available beds for inmates.
The number of beds went up from 49 to 98. It is the first time the jail expanded since 2007.
Sheriff Craig Zanni said there were several issues that needed to be addressed before opening the beds.
"The money has always been there but we couldn't find qualified candidates," said Zanni. "It's a matter of getting people hired and trained was the biggest problem."
The jail can hold about 215 inmates.
The goal of the increase in bed space is to lower the number of early releases from jail.