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.