COVID-19 Information

badgeThe Lane County Sheriff’s Office has created or enhanced a number of protocols to help protect the community, the inmates in the Lane County Jail, and our employees from COVID-19.

We have been working closely with Lane County Public Health, the Oregon State Sheriffs’ Association, and our contracted medical provider for the Lane County Jail (WellPath) on ways to continue to provide as many services as possible in the safest way possible.  Recommendations from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention have also guided our office in the changes we have made. 

Please review the drop-down menu below to learn more about our COVID-19 protocols.  We are constantly evaluating our response strategy and will update this page as changes in services or response are made. 

PATROL SERVICES

General Police Response

Lane County Sheriff’s Office patrol deputies are responding to calls for service from community members.  For the safety of deputies and community members, the Sheriff’s Office will be judicious in determining what self-initiated contacts are made.   

On a case by case basis, deputies may decide to contact victims by phone rather than respond in person to help prevent the spread of COVID-19.   This would most likely be for reports of property crime that are not in progress. 

Deputies have been provided with masks which they may use on a case by case basis, and are practicing social distancing when practical as recommended by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Patrol vehicles are being decontaminated regularly and after any arrest or lodging of suspects displaying COVID-19 symptoms.

 

Ride-alongs

Ride-alongs are not currently being offered due to the inability to provide adequate social distancing. 

CONCEALED HANDGUN LICENSING, CIVIL SERVICES, FINGERPRINTING, AND OTHER SERVICES

Concealed Handgun Licensing

At this time we are not processing applications for new, renewal, or transfer concealed handgun licenses in person. We have initiated a renewal process that can be completed via the mail.  Please visit our Concealed Handgun Licensing page to learn more.

Civil Service

We are still taking in civil papers, including protection orders.  Community members needing this service are asked to come to the Sheriff’s Office at 125 E. 8th Avenue in Eugene (the courthouse) Monday – Friday from 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. excluding legal holidays and call into the Civil Section (541-682-4156) from the hallway as the doors into the business office are closed.  A courtesy phone is provided in the hallway or community members can use their cell phone if they have one.

Fingerprinting

Fingerprinting services have been temporarily postponed until further notice, except for those needing fingerprinting for medical licensing, which is being done by appointment only.  If you are needing fingerprinting services for medical licensing, please call 541-682-3906 between 10:00 a.m. and 4:00 p.m., Monday through Friday excluding legal holidays to make an appointment.

Sex Offender Registration

Sex offender registration is occurring by phone until further notice.   To register, please call 541-682-3906 between 10:00 a.m. and 4:00 p.m., Monday through Friday excluding legal holidays.

OLCC Applications

Oregon Liquor Control Commission permit applications are accepted via mail, fax or email. Phone payments will be accepted for applications. Please call 541-682-3906 Monday through Friday from 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. to discuss the best option for you and to ensure you are submitting all of the necessary documentation.  For more information, please visit our website at https://bit.ly/3aIYf3g.

Prescription Drug Drop-Off

Residents will be able to continue dropping off outdated or unneeded prescription medications during business hours, Monday through Friday from 9:00 am through 5:00 p.m. excluding legal holidays. To drop-off prescription medication, please use the Sheriff’s Office hallway phone to let our Administrative Services Division know you have medication to drop off.

LANE COUNTY JAIL 

Personal Protective Equipment

Staff at the Lane County Jail have access to personal protective equipment specific for their job, which may include gloves, mask, gown, eye protection, and disinfecting materials.  

Inmates at the Lane County Jail have access to masks to help prevent the spread of COVID-19.

Intake / Medical Screening of New Inmates

All new custodies are screened by Wellpath medical professionals prior to being brought into the jail facility to reduce the spread of COVID-19.  The jail has medical staff on duty 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.   

New custodies are placed in a single cell for observation for a minimum of 7 days, during which time they are regularly evaluated by medical staff. 

Inmates identified by medical staff as needing medical isolation are placed in a negative pressure single cell designed for housing potentially infectious persons until medically cleared by qualified medical personnel.  Inmates in quarantine will participate in activities such as dayroom, movement throughout the facility, and court proceedings without contact with other inmates. 

Cleaning of the Facility

We have increased the frequency of cleaning of the jail facility inmate and common areas in response to COVID-19.  Inmate workers are being screened by medical prior to each shift.

We have increased the frequency of cleaning of the jail facility inmate and common areas in response to COVID-19.  Inmate workers are being screened by medical prior to each shift.

Court

Lane County Circuit Court arraignments and release hearings are being conducted via video conferencing.

Eugene Municipal Court is being conducted in the courtroom in smaller groups to allow for social distancing. 

Social Visiting

In person social visiting has been put on hold.  Inmates can access video visitation through Telmate, and are currently receiving one hour per week of video visitation to help them stay in contact with friends and family. 

Attorney Visits

Attorney visits will be conducted through-the-glass or by telephone.  Attorneys may also set up an account with Telmate to communicate with their client by visiting GettingOut.com.

Reduction of Jail Population

The Lane County Circuit Court, through its judges and staff in pre-trial services, are responsible for determining who is eligible for a pre-trial release agreement with the court, and who is held in custody pre-trial.   In response to the Chief Justice’s Order several weeks ago the court staff have worked to reduce the jail population by releasing significantly greater numbers of pre-trial defendants.   

The reduction in population has allowed for fewer inmates to be housed in dorm settings so they can practice recommended social distancing.  This also increases the number of single cells available for inmates under observation during their first 7 days of incarceration and inmates needing single cell housing due to being symptomatic. 


 


Programs

Sheriff’s Work Crew is currently not operating. We anticipate being able to start up work crews again on June 1, 2020.  We are evaluating this tentative start up date daily and will update this page if it changes.  Inmates sentenced to serve on the Sheriff's Work Crew are directed to call 541-682-2200 as soon as possible to reschedule their service for on or after June 1, 2020.

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