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Published: Saturday, March 2, 2013, 12:11 p.m.

Crime up in Grants Pass since budget cuts

GRANTS PASS, Ore. -- Crime is up and prosecutions are down in Josephine County and the city of Grants Pass since deep cuts to the jail and the district attorney's office were forced by voters who refused to raise their taxes to make up for the expiration of a federal timber subsidy.
The Grants Pass Daily Courier reported that burglaries were up 50 percent in Grants Pass and 45 percent in the rest of the county in 2012, compared to the previous year. Prosecutions were down 42 percent.
Grants Pass Public Safety Director Joe Henner said the county is seeing a failing criminal justice system.
He says police officers report more violent and hostile encounters with suspects. Henner adds that the numbers are likely to get even worse.

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