The Springfield Municipal Jail began accepting inmates January 29, 2010. The 100 bed facility is the largest municipal jail in the State of Oregon. The bond measure to build the facility was passed in November of 2004 by the citizens of Springfield.
The purpose of the Springfield Jail is to create a safer community and provide secure incarceration and detention for misdemeanant offenders, pre and post trial.
The goals of the jail for the City of Springfield are:
- Hold offenders accountable for their criminal behavior.
- Reduce crime in the City of Springfield.
- Reduce “Failure to Appear” instances in the Municipal Court (reducing the costs associated with each instance of Failure to Appear by criminal defendants)
- Increase revenue associated with fines that go unpaid in Municipal Court
- Reduce the police officer transport time required to lodge criminal offenders in the Lane County Jail.
- Reduce booking time for police officers.
- Increase police officers' time spent patrolling Springfield neighborhoods.
How can I post bail for someone?
You may post bail 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. During regular business hours (M-F 8:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.), bail can be posted at the Springfield Municipal Court located on the second floor of the Springfield Justice Center, 230 4th Street. Springfield, Oregon.
You can post bail after hours at the Records Division of the Police Department, located on the first floor of the Springfield Justice Center.
To inquire about an inmate’s bail, please call 541-744-4177.
Prison Rape Elimination Act (PREA)
What is PREA?
The Prison Rape Elimination Act (PREA) establishes a zero-tolerance standard against sexual assaults and rapes of incarcerated persons. It is Public Law 108-79, signed in September 2003 by President Bush.
PREA sets a standard that protects the Eighth Amendment rights of Federal, State and local prisoners -- making the prevention of sexual assault a top priority. It also increases available data on sexual misconduct and sexual assaults, and it increases the accountability for administrators who fail to prevent, reduce, and punish sexual misconduct and sexual assaults.
The Springfield Police Department supports the prosecution of persons who commit acts of sexual misconduct in its facilities. The Springfield Municipal Jail has developed uniform guidelines and procedures to reduce the risk of in-custody sexual assault and sexual activity. The Springfield Jail is committed to a zero-tolerance standard for sexual misconduct and sexual assault.
You can learn more about PREA at the Web sites for the National Institute of Corrections and the National Prison Rape Elimination Commission.
The Springfield Municipal Jail PREA Policy
- The Springfield Municipal Jail will comply with the provisions of the 2003 Prison Rape Elimination Act (PREA):
- A zero tolerance policy toward all forms of sexual abuse/harassment; and
- That if an incident of sexual abuse occurs in an agency facility and the abusers behavior has the potential to be determined as criminal, the investigation will be referred to the District Attorney’s Office for prosecution.
PREA Reporting Form