Eugene Mission takes them in

July, 21, 2011

EUGENE, Ore. — The Lane County Jail let 20 inmates out early this week because the county can’t afford to watch over the prisoners.

Many of the inmates are ending up at the Eugene Mission.

Summertime is usually the slow time at the mission, but not this year.

“I just looked and we are running numbers that are the same as our usual January numbers,” said Executive Director Jack Tripp.

Tripp said they’re serving 50 more men then this time last year – and more than half of them are supposed to be behind bars.

The sheriff’s office recently closed 84 jail beds. Tripp said the mission doesn’t ask people if they came from the jail, but mission workers can often tell.

“A lot of the fellows coming in are wearing ankle bracelets,” Tripp said.

The ankle bracelets require two hours of charging order custom paper. The mission recently opened 10 charging stations. They added extra charging stations – but no extra security.

“We have a staff that is used to dealing with situations like this,” Tripp said.

It’s a situation Tripp doesn’t seem to mind.

“We see this as an opportunity to serve an additional 25-40 people and show them the love of God,” he said.

KVAL News wanted to know how the other homeless men felt with more criminals at the mission. The mission director did not want us to talk to any of the clients.

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There will always be poor in the land. Therefore, I command you to be openhanded toward your brothers and toward the poor and needy in your land.
Deuteronomy 15:11