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Sheriff’s statement on National Institute of Corrections report


The National Institute of Corrections (NIC) sent its report to the Multnomah County Sheriff’s Office
(MCSO) on Friday, January 12th. Sheriff Nicole Morrisey O’Donnell shared the NIC report with the
Multnomah County Chair. 

At the request of Sheriff Morrisey O’Donnell, in late November, two NIC representatives traveled to
Multnomah County to tour the Multnomah County Sheriff’s Office corrections facilities to complete a
thorough evaluation of security operations and health services. In the interest of transparency, the NIC
report is available to the public.

The report’s recommendations include considering changes to policies, procedures, operations, and
environmental designs. The Sheriff’s Office is compiling and carefully assessing the recommendations
made in the NIC report, along with the other recently published reports and audits. It is our goal to
identify strategies to remedy, revise and/or implement the recommendations. The Multnomah County
Sheriff’s Office will continue to provide the public with status updates on the agency’s project progress. 

“I want to extend my appreciation to the National Institute of Corrections who responded to my request for this critical review process. The representatives who examined our facilities, policies, and healthcare services did so with care, attention to detail, and expertise. I also want to thank the many MCSO staff who helped facilitate this process,” said Sheriff Nicole Morrisey O’Donnell. “NIC’s assessment provides a report on the state of our two jails and the county’s corrections health services. It is clear we have significant areas in which we need to address to ensure the safety, security, and wellbeing of adults in our custody. 

As Sheriff, I am committed to improving the health and safety services in our corrections facilities. In the coming weeks, I will be engaging my leadership team and criminal justice system stakeholders in our work to develop plans and strategies to move recommendations forward.” 

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