Commissioners approve contract for G.P. to rent jail beds
The Josephine County Commissioners during their Weekly Business Session today approved a contract with the City of Grants Pass for the rental of 20 jail beds in the Josephine County Jail with an optional 10 beds at the cost of $100 per day per bed.
The commissioners unanimously approved the addition of 31 jail beds raising the cap from 99 to 130. Commissioner Simon Hare said that due to savings on food from the purchase of the 30 beds the county was able to add one county bed.
Jail Commander Vicki Smith said that the jail would hopefully be able to hire enough staff to man the extra beds by early August.
Hare warned the audience, “This is the last year of funding,” and said that beginning July 1, 2014, both the county and city governments would have to rent jail beds from Jackson County unless a long-term funding solution was established.