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.

Frequently Asked Questions

There are two options for accessing this information:

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

Family and friends now have the ability to 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.


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 (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.

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.

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.

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
2016 Final PREA Audit Report
2016 PREA Annual Report
2015 PREA Annual Report


Thank you for your interest in access to the Multnomah County Sheriff's Office jail system. Your services support our jail activities and offenders, and your efforts are valuable to our agency. We strive to build and increase strategic partnerships that are mutually beneficial.Jail access is a process that balances both the needs of offenders, service providers and programs, with the Sheriff's Office's responsibility for public safety. Your request has a direct impact on daily jail operations and your cooperation and understanding is appreciated while moving through the Facility Access Request process. The level of access allowed to you is directly related to ensuring the most efficient and effective contact with offenders as well as providing you with the safest environment and experience possible.


Applicants must consent to a background check including a criminal history and driving record review. All jail-side applicants must attend the Safety & Security Training session prior to access.

How to Apply

Please fill out the online application below to request jail system Facility Access.