Drugs, overcrowded jail feed local crime, judges say

Felony case filings in Jackson County spiked 24.2 percent in 2016 over the previous year, according to the county’s presiding judge.

At the annual State of the Court Address Wednesday, Circuit Court Judge Tim Gerking pointed to a “very limited number” of jail beds as one of the reasons for the increase of 751 felony cases above the previous year’s 3,107 filings. Misdemeanors also rose by 212, a 7.3 percent jump from last year.

Because of jail overcrowding, Gerking said, the court will be implementing mandatory settlement processes for all pending Measure 11 cases next month.

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