The Corrections Division is committed to providing effective detention, rehabilitation, and transition services to adults in custody. Staff provide intake assessments, classification services, mental health and addiction treatment programs, laundry services, commissary, transportation to and from court or other facilities, and release transition assistance. The Multnomah County Sheriff’s Office (MCSO) is focused on continuously looking for efficiencies and improving outcomes for the betterment of the adults in custody to shorten jail stays and reduce recidivism. Our ability to strengthen policy through informed decision-making will provide systems of accountability and ultimately strengthens partnerships and guides the success of the Corrections Division and our agency. Providing professional compassionate service, while encompassing safety and security, is the primary goal of MCSO when it comes to caring for and supervising adults in custody. The corrections environment is becoming increasingly challenging, in part due to the increase in adults suffering from addiction and mental health crises. It is vital that Corrections Division staff are provided relevant, specialized training with an emphasis on de-escalation techniques and in-depth instruction on how to effectively engage those experiencing a mental health crisis.
Supervising adults in a jail setting is a complicated endeavor, which requires comprehensive and well-designed policy and procedure. MSCO remains committed to collaborating with internal and external partners in an effort to improve outcomes in the criminal justice system.
Multnomah County operates the largest County jail system in Oregon comprised of two facilities:
- The Multnomah County Detention Center (MCDC) is a maximum security facility located in downtown Portland. It opened in 1983, occupies a portion of the Justice Center building, and is a direct-supervision layout with each housing area having a staffed deputy station. MCDC serves as the initial booking facility for all arrestees within Multnomah County, houses adults in custody for the County, as well as state and federal inmates involved in court matters.
- The Multnomah County Inverness Jail (MCIJ) is a medium security facility located in East Portland. It opened in 1987, with two expansions, the first in 1991, and the second in 1998. It is a direct-supervision open layout with each dorm housing up to 75 inmates and having a staffed deputy station. MCIJ houses adults in custody for the County who have qualified for specific housing classifications, as well as state and federal inmates being held as part of a cooperative regional transportation program.
Over 400 Corrections Deputies, Sergeants, and Lieutenants, manage the day-to-day operations of these facilities while building a collaborative, effective work environment alongside support and program staff and medical personnel. Deputies work directly inside the housing units and actively engage with those in custody allowing for effective management of the population, and prompt response to emergent needs.
As part of the foundation of providing a safe environment for staff and adults in custody, those arrested and processed through booking complete a comprehensive interview process involving Corrections Deputies, Multnomah County Corrections Health personnel, and various other staff members. The information compiled throughout the intake process provides insight and guides consideration of where to place individuals in the most appropriate and least restrictive housing in either MCDC or MCIJ. This process also begins our coordination with community services to provide a coordinated hand-off and successful reintegration into the community.
A combination of policy and training contributed to MCDC achieving a 100% compliance rating of the Oregon Jail Standards
, established through the Oregon State Sheriff’s Association
. The standards include in-depth expectations encompassing facility administration, admission and release, security and operations, health and sanitation, communication, and program and activity opportunities. Additionally, MCSO achieved compliance with the Prison Rape Elimination Act
(PREA), and is one of the first county jail systems in Oregon to have done so. Meeting all of these standards certifies that adults in custody are treated with respect and staff are held accountable for the compassionate care and custody of the adults they are entrusted to supervise.
In order to maintain successful and accurate management of arrestees, pre-trial detainees, and inmate population information, the Corrections Support Unit
processes bookings, releases, transports, and court orders. The Unit processes over 35,000 bookings annually, assists law enforcement personnel, attorneys, adults in custody and their families, and members of the public seeking assistance and information.
The Services section of the Corrections Division ensures the Multnomah County Sheriff’s Office provides effective, quality services to our community and to the adults in our custody. Comprised of multiple units, the mission of this team is to find creative, efficient solutions to manage logistics and safe operations of MCSO facilities, ensure court processes are accessible to everyone, provide case management and supervision for pre-trial defendants, and provide programming and wrap-around services which increase opportunities for adults in custody to become productive members of the community upon reentry and ultimately reduce recidivism.
Where an adult in custody is housed is determined by the Classification Unit
through a combination of objective interview questions, technical criteria, as well as experience and judgment. Using a computer-based multi-level interview process, staff ensure adults in custody are appropriately located in the least restrictive housing enabling them to be connected to specialized programs and services. MCSO is proud to have one of the most comprehensive transgender booking policies in the nation. It was designed, in coordination with the LGBTQIA community, to respect those coming into custody by allowing them to self-identify, while giving staff the tools to appropriately respond in a compassionate and discrete way.
The Programs Unit
provides adults in custody access to education, mental health and addiction services, and housing and employment resources while they are inside our facilities. The focus of these programs is to provide continuity of services that best provide successful reintegration into the community. Use of evidence-based practices allows this team of professionals to support those in our custody as they return into our community.
The Court Services Unit
provides a variety of public safety services at both the Multnomah County Courthouse and the Justice Center courtrooms, including courtroom security, working with the judiciary to facilitate court hearings, and responding to citizen inquires. Coordinating with the Transport Unit
, deputies ensure all adults in custody are present for court matters and are transported to appropriate state and county facilities, or release, after their case has been adjudicated by the courts.
Security and access to county facilities is managed by the Facility Security Unit
. This team of non-sworn staff ensure public safety and provide information and access at the Multnomah County Courthouse, Justice Center, East County Courthouse, Juvenile Justice Complex, Inverness Jail, Gateway Center for Domestic Violence, and the Central Library.
The Close Street Supervision Unit
is a pre-trial supervision program that affords eligible defendants an opportunity to manage their day-to-day lives while awaiting court proceedings. This team of deputies is tasked with evaluating each file referred by a judge, making court recommendations, and supervising the individual’s behavior if they are selected for release. This Unit is focused on providing public safety through the effective management of those who would not otherwise be eligible for release.
The Auxiliary Services Unit
supports agency operations by ensuring adequate supplies are purchased and distributed, while also providing commissary, laundry, and property storage services for adults in custody.
The efficient collaboration of these units directly supports the daily operations of the Sheriff’s Office, its facilities, as well as the overall public safety system.