Adult Corrections Division
101 West 5th Avenue
Eugene, OR 97401
(541) 682-4263

Dan Buckwald
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The Corrections Division of the Lane County Sheriff’s Office operates traditional and alternative custodial programs for offenders who are both pretrial and sentenced to the custody of the Sheriff.

The Main Jail facility was constructed in 1979, with new additions completed in 1988 and 1999. The total designed capacity is 507 beds. The facility serves as the intake and release center. The jail houses pretrial offenders, and sentenced offenders that are not appropriate for placement in our less costly alternative custody programs.

In July 2013 due to the passage of a levy for funding jail beds, the Lane County Sheriff’s Office Corrections Division was able to reopen previously closed housing areas resulting in a total of 351 operational beds.  To achieve this, 61 beds in the East Annex were closed and the 2nd and 3rd Floor Dorms were opened for a net gain of 131 beds.  The 84 bed North Annex remains closed.  However, the jail is only allowed to use 93% of its available beds due to a federal consent decree. That means that the jail can only fill 326 of the 507 existing jail beds.  In order to operate at this level, the Corrections Division counts on the revenue that is generated from approximately 70 beds that are obligated by contract or other to agencies such as the City of Eugene and the U.S. Marshals Service. The amount of beds available in the jail for pretrial defendants and for offenders sentenced to local time (less than one year) is approximately 256.  The Forest Work Camp was a 100 bed alternative custody facility which was closed in the spring of 2008 due to lack of funding and is now operationally defunct

Every inmate is classified at entry into the Corrections Division based upon their current charges, past criminal acts, previous institutional behavior and a number of other factors that indicate how the individual will function while in custody. Based on this classification a new inmate will be housed in either a single cell, or dormitory type setting.

Each day all inmates receive three nutritionally balanced meals, have access to showers and telephones, and may purchase commissary items. They receive clean clothes and bedding twice a week. Depending on their individual classification, inmates may have daily access to television and/or weekly access to outside recreation. The Corrections Division provides medical, dental, and psychiatric care to inmates who are in need of those services.

There are several programs available to inmates while in custody. Programs are offered in the Lane County Jail for one or more of the following purposes: they are statutorily mandated, designed to reduce recidivism and help inmates cope with being in custody. All qualified inmates may participate in various programs which include GED, alcohol and drug use education, and religious services.