This coming session, state lawmakers will likely spend some time talking about the challenges of funding the State's Corrections System.
Money is tight and Sheriff's in Oregon are already hearing they may be asked to house inmates longer in the county jails, which are also facing crowding and a budget pinch in many cases.
Deschutes County Sheriff Larry Blanton is the head of the Oregon State Sheriffs' Association. He says county jails- including his- are already packed and dealing with a vareity of challenges.
Sheriff Blanton was a guest on 1110 KBND's Your Town Wednesday morning.
"COUNTY JAILS ARE HOLDING THOSE WHO ARE SENTENCED TO ONE YEAR OR LESS - BUT ITS NOT UNCOMMON FOR US TO HOUSE THEM LONGER- IN A RECENT MURDER CASE WE HAD an inmate FOR 3 YEARS....we are OoING THE BEST WE CAN."
Blanton's term ends at the end of next month, but he says he'll still play an active role in lobbying state lawmakers on issues that impact sheriff's departments in Oregon.
Blanton also talked extensively about the "Shop with a Cop" program, the great need of many central oregon families and how people can help. To hear the entire interview it's available on this website under the "Your Town" podcast.