Lane County sheriff closes 84 jail beds

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EUGENE, Ore. (AP) — Lane County Sheriff Tom Turner says county budget cuts of more than $3 million are forcing him to close 84 jail beds and reduce responses to property crimes.

Turner announced Thursday he’s eliminating 52 positions, including some jail guards and workers who provide food and medical services to inmates.

The Register Guard reports 321 beds in the jail remain open.

Turner says deputies will respond to 911 calls, emergencies, felony crimes and cases of violence against women and children. But, he says, deputies are unable to respond to most property and financial crimes. More citizens will be asked to self-report property crimes by filling out a form.

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Information from: The Register-Guard, http://www.registerguard.com