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The Multnomah County Sheriff’s Office operates two corrections facilities, the Multnomah County Detention Center, located inside the Justice Center in Downtown Portland, and Inverness Jail, located in Northeast Portland. The Detention Center also serves as the county’s booking and release location.

More than 400 sworn and civilian staff support the Corrections Facilities and Corrections Services Divisions. Staff provide much more than safety and security to adults in custody. Corrections deputies provide direct supervision in housing modules and actively engage with adults in custody, providing direction and serving as a resource for those with questions and concerns. The jail facilities operate 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year.

Corrections serves a critical role in public safety, ensuring adults in custody are secure and safe as they work through the adjudication process. Those in custody are members of our larger community. The Sheriff’s Office approaches every interaction with professionalism and respect, and as an opportunity to help every person prepare for a successful reentry into the community upon release.

Frequently Asked Questions

How do I find out if someone is in jail in Multnomah County?

There are two options for accessing this information:

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How do I visit an inmate?

A comprehensive Visitor's Guide is available for your convenience.

Social Visits

All social visits are subject to change or cancellation based on the needs of the facility. Please call our facilities before your visit to learn of any changes.

Visiting space is limited and scheduled based on who requests first. All visitors must be present in the lobby to sign up. You must sign up at least 30 minutes before the visiting session requested. Visits are not guaranteed and may be denied or cancelled due to court orders, keep separates, or visitor/adult in custody behavior. Adults in custody must put all visitors on their visiting list prior to the visit, including minors. Read more about the steps to visiting an adult in custody.

Multnomah County Detention Center (MCDC)
1120 SW Third Ave 
Portland, OR 97204 
Visiting Hours

Inverness Jail (MCIJ)
11540 NE Inverness Drive
Portland, OR 97220
Visiting Hours

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 What about video visitation?

Family and friends can visit inmates using an optional Video Visitation Program available in certain housing dorms. Details of the program, including which dorms currently offer this feature, can be found in our comprehensive Visitor's Guide. You can also read a brochure published by the visitation service provider that provides additional information.

Video visits are available seven days a week, excluding holidays, and are facilitated through Securus Technologies. A complete schedule of available times for each facility can be found on their website.

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How do I bail someone out of jail?

To post bail, call (503) 988-3689 for instructions. Self-bail can be posted through TouchPay Online (MCSO Facility #297204). Bail posted in person is only available at the Multnomah County Justice Center lobby from 8 a.m. to 10 p.m. daily.

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How do I deposit money into an inmate's account?

Deposits can be made to an inmate's trust account in any of the following ways:

  • TouchPay Kiosks located in our jail lobbies during regular hours (Cash/Debit/Credit only)
  • Online at TouchPay Portal (MCSO Facility #297204)
  • Via Toll Free Telephone 1-866-232-1899 (MCSO Facility #297204)
  • Government issued, transfer and payroll checks MUST be submitted via US Mail to:

    Multnomah County Sheriff's Office FISCAL UNIT
    501 SE Hawthorne Blvd., Suite 350
    Portland OR 97214


  • MCSO DOES NOT accept cash, personal checks, cashier's checks or money orders for deposit to inmate accounts. Any of these items received via mail will be refused as unacceptable with the entire letter returned to sender.
  • All transactions are subject to a processing fee.

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How can I learn more about funds, mail, telephone use, and property for adults in custody at an MCSO jail?

A guide listing answers to common questions related to these topics is available for your convenience.

Additionally, here are instructions for how to properly address mailings to adults in custody.

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How can I request to be notified before an offender is released?

If you are a victim of domestic violence and wish to be contacted before the offender is released from jail, you can fill out and send us a Notification Request.

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How do I access VISOR (Victim Information System in ORegon)?

IMPORTANT: As of 10/30/2023, VINELink will be replaced by VISOR. Until then, you can still access VINELink. You can use the resource VINELink, an online version of VINE (Victim Information and Notification Everyday), that allows crime victims to obtain timely and reliable information about criminal cases and the custody status of offenders 24 hours a day.

VISOR is a free, computer-based service that will allow you to check on an offender’s custody status either in a county or state facility, and to register to receive automatic notification when an individual in custody (IIC) is released or transferred.

How do I use VISOR?

Register online at: Home (oregon.gov)

Email VISOR: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Leave a voicemail for VISOR: 888-749-8080

You may locate an IIC using basic information such as the name or offender number to search for the IIC you want to register for

    • VISOR will give you the IIC’s custody information and invite you to register for free notification by phone call, email, or text if the status changes of the IIC
    • Click in the “search bar” where you can conduct a statewide search of offenders and register to receive notifications of a change in custody status of the offender: Home (oregon.gov)

How do I register with VISOR?

You will need to provide:

  1. A telephone number or email
  2. Search for the IIC you want to register for
  3. Choose a preferred notification delivery method

You may create an account in VISOR if you wish. Creating an account will allow you to choose how and when you receive notifications, it will allow you view recent notifications that were sent to you, allow you to change your personal information, and allow you to unregister.

You also have the option to remain anonymous when registering instead of creating an account.

Important VISOR Facts

  • VISOR will send you a notification when the IIC you registered for is released, transferred, escapes, or is deceased.
  • All registrations and personal information with VISOR are, and will remain, confidential.
  • You may register more than one phone number or email.

NOTE:   Do not depend on the VISOR service as your only protection.  If you feel that you may be at risk, take precautions as if the offender has already been released.

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What is PREA, and how can I find out more?

PREA is the Prison Rape Elimination Act that was signed into law in 2003. PREA requires zero tolerance for sexual abuse and sexual harassment in our custody. The Multnomah County Sheriff's Office believes in the prevention of sexual abuse through education and monitoring of staff and inmate behavior. Prevention, detection, and reduction of incidents of sexual assault and sexual harassment is one of our top priorities. Inmates and staff will be held accountable for their actions when they violate this policy.

You can find out more information on the PREA page of this website. You can use the following links for more information and statistics:

Press Release - PREA Compliance
2020 PREA Annual Report

See all previous PREA Annual Reports here

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Multnomah County Detention Center
1120 SW 3rd Ave.
Portland, OR 97204 



Multnomah County Inverness Jail
11540 NE Inverness Drive
Portland, OR 97220 



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