COVID-19 virus outbreak compels county jail to adjust intake rules

In an effort to keep personnel safe, the Malheur County Jail adjusted its lodging rules. The jail will no longer accept individuals who are accused of low-level misdemeanor crimes. (The Enterprise/File).

VALE – In response to the COVID-19 virus outbreak the Malheur County Jail will no longer lodge people accused of low-level misdemeanor level crimes.

Individuals who commit more serious felonies will still be brought to jail, said Malheur County Undersheriff Travis Johnson.

“If they are not person-to-person crimes, we will cite and give a court date in lieu of arresting them and bringing them to jail,” said Johnson.

He said the new mandates are essential for the safety of jail inmates and personnel.

“If you consider the size of the agency, we have basically minimal, to slightly . . .