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Jackson County Jail opens its basement to reduce overcrowding

Jackson County Jail basement

MEDFORD. Ore. - The Jackson County Jail opened its basement today; adding 62 beds.

Sheriff Nathan Sickler says this change makes the jail less crowded.

He says now there's about 290 beds total, previously, there were about 230.

"We're going to keep doing things to make sure we're running efficiently and maximizing our resources and the building that we do have to make this jail last," said Sheriff Sickler.

Sheriff Sickler says the basement closed last year in November because of staffing shortages.

Now, they only have one vacancy open at this time.

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