Coos County Jail sees rise in early release of female offenders

Though they recently added 50 jail beds, there aren't enough set aside for the rising number of female offenders.

Posted: May 1, 2018 6:00 PM
Updated: May 1, 2018 6:16 PM

COQUILLE, OR. -- The Coos County Jail has been releasing an average of one woman a day due to overpopulation, despite recently adding 50 jail beds.

Captain Darius Mede said the jail released 32 women in April; up from 26 in March.

The Coos County Jail hoped the addition of 50 more beds would cut back on early releases due to overpopulation.

RELATED: COOS COUNTY JAIL STAFF SEES BENEFITS FROM ADDITION OF 50 BEDS

It has made a difference in the release of men, which is down from an average of four a day in early March, to now an average of one a day.

Even with the addition of those beds, the there are only 11 in the block reserved for females.

“We could try moving them to a block that has more beds," said Jail Commander Captain Darius Mede. "It’s not as good a location as where they’re at now. It doesn’t segregate them off as well, but it’s a possibility we could look at if needed.”

But that block is situated between the block for high-profile criminals and the one for sex offenders.

They’ve used that block before, but Mede said it isn’t an ideal situation because it doesn’t segregate the men and women as well as they need to be.

“Just, every day we have to bring them in and out of their housing unit to go to yard, to meet with their attorney, to go to the library. There’s lots of different reasons they come in and out. We try to limit the number of times they have to pass by other housing units with males in them.”

Mede said if they decide to make this change, it will happen sometime within in the next week or two.

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