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Inmate files complaint over jail conditions, seeks release from outgoing sheriff

Harney County Sheriff Dave Ward / Mac Runnels (Source: Harney County Sheriff’s Facebook/Jail)

An inmate stuck inside an Oregon jail cell says he is confined to the tight space every single second of the day and is hoping to get released based on “inhumane conditions.”

Harney County Sheriff Dave Ward says he won’t be held responsible for the jail conditions because the county won’t give him the money to update the facility, and he’s already submitted his resignation letter to prove his point.

According to the Oregon Public Broadcasting, Mac Runnels claims he has no exposure to daylight and is left in his 6×12 foot cell all day. Runnels is serving an eight-month sentence for delivering meth.

Sheriff Ward has already fought and lost, the county over its unwillingness to give him the money necessary to renovate the jail.

In April, Ward submitted his resignation letter, effective for December 31st of this year, saying “I am no longer willing to accept the civil liability associated with the failure to appropriately fund/staff our jail, search and rescue, or law-enforcement services to our community.”

The county has already cut the sheriff’s budget by eliminating one of his deputies after a shortfall was found.

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