Coos County Jail staff sees benefits from addition of 50 beds

The jail added about 50 more beds at the beginning of March, and officials say they're already able to realize the impacts it will have.

Posted: Mar 8, 2018 5:28 PM
Updated: Mar 8, 2018 6:54 PM

COQUILLE, Ore. -- The addition of about 50 beds at the Coos County Jail has staff discussing the impact they could have on the county crime rates.

"We won't have the ongoing 'somebody comes in, somebody goes out the door' revolving door that everybody was concerned about, including everybody that worked here," said Sheriff Craig Zanni.

This change is a result of being able to keep more criminals locked up after the Sheriff's Office was recently able to add and replace correctional staff members.

RELATED: Coos County Jail doubles capacity by opening additional beds

Just last month, the jail was only able to hold about 50 inmates because of inadequate staff numbers. Now, they're able to utilize about 50 more of the over 200 beds in the jail.

READ MORE: Coos County Jail expands for the first time since 2007

"What we'll try and do is have about 15 beds for females, 15 beds for sex offenders, and then you have high custody and special custody. You know, some politician gets thrown in jail, you can't keep them in general population because they're not very popular with the crooks or the good citizens at times," said Zanni.

The Jail Commander said he thinks this will lead to a reduction in crimes over time, making the jail staff and community happy about not releasing criminals back onto the streets.

"I think as we move forward, we will see a real reduction in the property crimes, especially drug crimes. We do our best, even at 50 beds, to keep person to person crimes. But, even some of the lower-level, non-domestic, misdemeanor person to person crimes, we should see a reduction in those as well," said Capt. Darius Mede.

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