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County commissioners approve allocation of criminal justice funds
The Josephine County Commissioners during their Wednesday business session approved the allocation of criminal justice grant funds that were awarded by the recent extension of the Secure Rural Schools Act.

The grant amount to approximately $210,000 per year for two years and the decision for where the funds should be granted was established by a consortium of local criminal justice authorities. The funds will go towards support staff for the District Attorney’s Office, Welcome Home Oregon which is an organization that focuses on the rehabilitation of felons released from prison, drug court and for the potential of drug addiction treatment beds in the Jackson County Jail at a cost of $100 per bed per day.

Commissioner Simon Hare questioned whether or not the funds could be stretched over the years to come but Community Corrections Director Abe Huntley said without funding all these services appropriately the others would not function.

The commissioners also approved an agreement with the BLM for the reciprocal use of BLM roads which allows the county to harvest trees burned in the summer wildfires. In a related vote, two county timber sales were approved to the Swanson Group for a total of 985,000 board feet which will bring in $298,000.