The Klamath County Sheriff’s Office would like the public to be aware of how Senate Bill 48 (SB48), passed during the last legislative session and signed by Governor Brown, will affect public safety in Klamath County.
SB48 will have the effect of requiring the release of a significant number of criminal suspects from police custody, without bail, back into the community. Essentially, anyone arrested for committing a property crime such as theft, burglary, car theft, trespass, or a non-domestic violence assault, arson, unlawful purchase of a firearm and many other crimes, will not be able to be kept in jail any longer than it takes to process them.
SB48 becomes effective July 1, 2022. The law is codified in Oregon Revised Statute 135.233, and by order of the Chief Justice of the Oregon Supreme Court, requires release from custody those suspected of committing certain classifications of crimes without security (bail). As part of the nationwide movement for police / bail reform, Oregon has taken a dangerous step that requires law enforcement to arrest, book, and then immediately release suspects that have committed some misdemeanor and felony crimes. (Refer to Oregon Chief Justice Order 22-010 for specific details.)
Klamath County Sheriff’s Office deputies and other law enforcement officers in our community will continue to uphold their oaths to keep the peace and enforce criminal law by taking into custody those suspected of committing crimes. Even though the option of citing criminal suspects to appear in court continues to exist, law enforcement will be encouraged to take into custody and process suspected offenders whenever appropriate. However, if the crimes they are charged with meet the broad criteria established by the Chief Justice, the suspects will be released from the jail, without bail, under conditions such as being required to appear in court or avoid contact with the victim of their offense.
One of the negative effects of this decision is that many people battling mental illness, who are taken into custody for lower level offenses, will be released and miss an important opportunity for connecting with mental health services to aid them in their illness and maybe prevent future criminal activity. Locally, partnerships are in place between the Sheriff’s Office, mental health service providers, and the court to evaluate appropriate responses to these situations. With these individuals being immediately released, this important work, which benefits the community and the individual, will suffer.
Sheriff Chris Kaber states, “When someone is suspected of victimizing others, it is appropriate for them to be brought before the judge for their initial plea. That is best accomplished by holding them in jail until they appear before the court or requiring some form of assurance (bail) that they will appear before the judge at a later date. With the implementation of this law, in many cases being arrested will merely become an inconvenience for them once they realize they will be released as soon as the initial booking process is complete. Many adults in custody will also not receive the mental health care they desperately need to help them avoid future conflicts with society.
This decision by progressive government officials, who do not understand the complexity of the criminal justice system, does not help our rural community. It is becoming easier each day to be a criminal in our state”
The Sheriff’s Office wishes to make sure the citizens of Klamath County are aware of this change in judicial procedure, decided by representatives of the Oregon Legislature and the Chief Justice, and not supported (by vote) by any locally elected representatives of Klamath County. Both Senator Linthicum and Representative Reschke opposed this legislation.
Remember to lock your doors, lock your cars, keep an eye on your neighborhood, and report suspicious activity.
We all need to conceal carry. Take the course. This woman has put us all at danger. Saddens me terribly.
So maybe we all need to carry to protect ourselves from the scum that won’t go to jail for anything and citing them will do nothing as they’ll never go to court, just dozens of fail to appears… Disgusting. Friggin progressive/ liberals. Maybe they should target all of you!!!
Queen Katie and her minions has spoken again. Maybe their best punishment should be to take their guards away and give them them the defense they expect all of us do have nothing
This is a sad time with all the bad going on.
I can’t believe that woman is still our governor!
Well that’s a big waste of time and money most of the people you release like my daughter that almost killed me just goes back out into society and never goes back to court and then when you pick her up again you just give her a new court date and she blows that off too and never goes to court and never gets help and ends up dying in Klamath Falls
I would agree COMPLETELY with this statement (that is political but is being issued as a public information piece, when it really isn’t) … except for the fact that I am completely unaware of ANY mental health “help” being offered or delivered for mentally ill people arrested in this county. Since when is it okay to use your position to make and publicly issue as our law enforcement? I personally have called in and reported several instances of disturbances and the Police Officer told me “he’s mentally ill so there’s no point in arresting him”!!! One incident was the “mentally ill person” was trying to burn down the church across the street from my house. Another was a person was creeping around our house at 1 am. Very dark that night! The Officers didn’t even look for him.